Rapoport reports the Broncos offer still stands at six years, $114 million but now contains at least $70 million guaranteed over the life of the deal - and $59 million guaranteed in the first nine months.
It's still hard to track down specifics as to how much guaranteed money the Broncos are offering, but there's a sense among some league insiders not directly involved in the communications that the Broncos have put their best offer on the table, that the total guarantee approaches if not exceeds $70 million, and that the team is confident Miller will accept it on Friday.
9NEWS Denver's Mike Klis backed upped Rapoport's report in a later tweet and stated that the deal is expected to be finalized on Friday. An ESPN source was "optimistic" the deal would get done. But Miller wants more long-term security than that and is after a multiyear contract. That would officially put the ball in Miller's court to agree to a deal that would make him the highest paid non-quarterback in National Football League history. He had six tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in the Broncos Super Bowl L victory over the Carolina Panthers.
He helped the Broncos defense stop the explosive Pittsburgh Steelers offense and he dominated the Patriots offensive line and made life a living hell for Tom Brady. If that doesn't happen, Miller will either holdout or play the 2016 season under the dreaded franchise tag. This deal is getting done.
If an extension is not agreed to by Friday's deadline, Miller will either be forced to play under the $14.2 million franchise tag or holdout completely.
Glad this is nearly over, and we can move on to Training Camp!