Von Miller became the highest paid non-QB in NFL history when the Denver Broncos handed him a 6-year, $114.5 million deal, with $70 million guaranteed. Since then, Broncos Country has been split on the decision.
Is Miller really worth quarterback money? The short answer to that question is simple, yes.
In 2015, on 19-of-32 teams, the quarterback was the highest-paid player on the team, with eight of those teams making it to the postseason. The Broncos were one of those teams, but the play they received from their quarterback fell short of earning the amount he made in 2015.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1694099-flash-sale-on-premium-mem... After finishing the regular season with a 12-4 record, the Broncos faced arguably three of the top five QBs in the NFL today, dispatching them on the way to their third Lombardi Trophy. Winning the Super Bowl had everything to do with the Broncos great defense and very little to do with the play they received from the quarterback position and it could even be argued that the defense had to overcome the play of their QB to win.
On that team, the best player was very clearly Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller, despite being the third highest-paid player on the team. Peyton Manning made $17 million last season while Miller made under $10 million.
Without Manning, the team still makes the playoffs with Brock Osweiler at QB but may fall short of winning the Super Bowl, but without Miller, the Broncos are likely contending for the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 draft. The defense is not the top unit in the league without Miller and they don't win the Super Bowl and or even make it to the playoffs.
Miller was very clearly the best and most valuable player on the Broncos roster.
After Manning retired and Osweiler bolted for Houston, the Broncos were left with Miller as the face of the franchise, the one player who could carry the Broncos right now and into the future.
When other teams like the Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins hand multiple players quarterback money, no one blinks an eye, but when the Broncos handed a single player that kind of money, a frenzy among some fans began.
He's greedy. He doesn't want to be a Bronco. He can go elsewhere. The talk about Miller was unwarranted and ill-informed. Some Bronco fans wanted their best player out of town.
The Chiefs pay quarterback money to Alex Smith and their top pass rusher Justin Houston, but were eliminated in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Dolphins paid Ryan Tannehill and Ndamukong Suh, yet they finished with a 6-10 record.
The Texans added Osweiler to the J.J. Watt equation after making the playoffs as a result of being a member in the worst division in the league. The Broncos paid QB money in 2015 to Manning, a player that led the most inept passing attack in the NFL. This year that money is going to Miller, the leader of one of the best defenses of all time.
The strength of the Denver Broncos is their defense. Without Miller, the team is a bottom feeder, but with him they are a Super Bowl contender. It's simple, Miller is the QB of the Broncos, he has earned his huge payday, he is the most important player on the roster and he is indispensable.
Since his trouble with the law and the league, Miller has become a leader on the field with his play, in the locker room and in the community,
Von Miller is worth QB money and 31 other teams would have fought to give it to him had the Broncos failed to reach an agreement.
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