Von Miller signs record-breaking $114.5M deal with Broncos


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Von Miller practiced both pirouettes and patience this offseason.

While his dance moves didn't earn him the title on "Dancing With The Stars," Miller's stare-down in contract negotiations paid off today when he signed a six-year, $114.5 million deadline deal with the Denver Broncos that includes $70 million guaranteed.

That's almost double the guaranteed money the Broncos were offering him in June.

Miller received $23 million at signing and will earn $61 million over the first eight months of the blockbuster deal that makes him the highest-paid player outside of quarterbacks in NFL history.

Miller thanked team owner Pat Bowlen, president and CEO Joe Ellis, general manager John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak "for making this possible."

"I'm also thankful for the way my teammates and our fans have supported me," Miller said in a statement. "I'm excited for the future and ready to get back to work."

Miller and agent Joby Branion parlayed patience into a record-breaking deal in terms of overall value and guarantees. Last month, Miller's camp rejected the $38.5 million the Broncos offered in guarantees, and Miller threatened to sit out the season barring a long-term deal.