Contract negotiations can get ugly in the blink of an eye.
And it appears former Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller’s discussions about a potential contract extension with the Denver Broncos are quickly heading that direction.
On Thursday, he posted a picture to his Instagram account with a very plain warning to the Broncos: “I love my Teammates, Coaches and My Fans but there is ‘No Chance’ I play the 2016 season under the Franchise tag.”
It’s not the first time his Instagram account has caused some controversy. He recently posted a group photo which he appeared to intentionally cut Broncos president John Elway out of the picture. Perhaps a signal of his frustrations about the negotiations.
The Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl 50 is widely considered one of the best defenders in the NFL, and he wants to be compensated accordingly.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Miller recently turned down a six-year, $114 million deal with more than $38 million in guarantees.
As for the franchise tag that Miller wrote he will not play under, Schefter sheds some light on the details of that arrangement:
Miller will have to play the 2016 season under the one-year franchise tender of just over $14 million if he and the Broncos can’t agree to a deal by July 15 deadline. As an “exclusive rights” franchise player, he can negotiate only with the Broncos and can receive offers from no other teams.
With just a month remaining before the deadline to reach an agreement, this has the makings of a stressful situation for both parties.