It took a while for Miller to get there, but it is the most guaranteed money and highest average annual salary for any non-quarterback in the league.
The guaranteed money is more than what the Philadelphia Eagles' Fletcher Cox received last month - $63 million - and would be the most money offered to a nonquarterback in the NFL. If anyone deserves a contract as high scale as the one Miller just got, it may only be him.
John Elway and Von Miller have been playing a game of chicken all offseason and it appears that Miller has comeout as the victor, securing the contract he was looking for all along. The 2011 first-round draft pick had said this offseason he was frustrated at not receiving a new deal from the Jets, but rather had the franchise tag applied to him.
Miller had an outstanding season in 2015, which was capped off by an outstanding Super Bowl 50 performance.
"Going forward, we expect great things from Von not only on the field but with the responsibility he has as a leader on the team. I'm proud of how we've handled this situation and give credit to everyone on our staff who helped get this done". And finally, hours before the deadline for Miller and the Broncos to reach agreement on a long-term deal this year, he landed the package he'd been seeking. But the two sides tried, with some starts and stops, to negotiate a long-term deal after the scouting combine in February.
A source familiar with the talks said Thursday night that he was "optimistic" the deal will get done by the 4 p.m. ET Friday deadline for designated franchise players to sign long-term deals.
If Miller hadn't agreed to his new $114.5 million contract, he would have sat out the 2016 season as the first player to do so since the Chief's Dan Williams did in 1998, long before GM's had to worry about disgruntled players making statements on Instagram. And he figures to be the biggest name for the Denver defense for years to come. The deal is only for one year, which means only one year of guaranteed money. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Wilkerson's deal is for five years and approximately $85 million.
This week, he upped the overall guaranteed money.
Besides Cox, the other highest-paid players are all quarterbacks.
2017: $17 million in salary, bonuses (fully guaranteed). While Miller tops Suh by a small amount, he's now $6 million per year off the mark set by Andrew Luck's new contract this month. He was subsequently named the Super Bowl MVP.
Berry, 27, will play out the year under the $10.8 million franchise tag, then become a free agent after the season.