The 2011 NFL Draft class featured a lot of future stars and the time has now come where the teams that drafted those current stars must decide on picking up the fifth year options on those rookie contracts. While players like J.J. Watt, Patrick Peterson and Mo Wilkerson have all had their options picked up, others like Aldon Smith and Prince Amukamara are waiting for answers.
We can add former No. 2 overall pick Von Miller to that list as the Broncos have yet to decide on whether they want to pick up his fifth year or let the option wither away.
Per ESPN Broncos blogger Jeff Legwold, the Broncos may end up skipping the fifth year option on Miller’s deal but franchise tagging him is a very real possibility.
There are a lot of pros and a growing list of cons when considering Miller as a future star. While he’s posted great stats and been a leader for the defense, he’s been ofte-injured and raised eyebrows with his off-field behavior. He was suspended for the beginning of the season for off-field issues and he didn’t win over any new Broncos fans by trying to party with the Seattle Seahawks after Super Bowl XLVIII, something Legwold points out as an interesting con.
Still, Miller is a beast when he’s healthy and the Broncos won’t be letting him go anytime soon even if that means franchise tagging him instead of picking up his option.
The Broncos have until May 3rd to make a decision.