Former Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller wants to be paid as the best defensive player in the NFL. Clearly, he isn’t happy with what the Denver Broncos have offered thus far and expressed his displeasure with a subtle Instagram post.
Miller posted a photo on Instagram on Friday of himself and a few teammates (including former Tennessee legend Peyton Manning) in Washington D.C. during the team’s visit to the White House, where it was honored by President Barack Obama for its Super Bowl 50 victory.
You might be wondering who the person with just an arm dangling next to Manning on the far right of the photo might be. That’s where things get a bit awkward. The photo originally posted by Demarcus Ware adds clarification.
The man cropped out of Miller’s modified picture is Broncos general manager and executive vice president of football operations, John Elway, who has been the primary negotiator on Miller’s new contract.
The Broncos slapped the franchise tag on Miller earlier in the offseason and have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement with the menacing pass rusher. If a deal cannot be reached, Miller would play the 2016 season under a one-year tender worth a bit more than $14 million once he signs it. Obviously, the Broncos want to keep Miller around as long as possible.
Denver has reportedly offered Miller a six-year deal worth $114 million and $39.8 million fully guaranteed in the first two seasons, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Miller remains unsatisfied and has not participated in Denver’s offseason workout program.
If Miller’s social media post is indicative of anything, it’s that there’s plenty of animosity between the Super Bowl MVP and Elway that must be sorted out in the next month to ensure a deal gets done.