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Von Miller’s Teammate Believes Super Bowl MVP Could Sit Out Season

July 13, 2016 GMT

With Friday’s deadline for a long-term deal fast approaching, one of Von Miller’s Denver Broncos teammates thinks it’s realistic that the Super Bowl MVP could sit out the season if he’s not given an adequate contract offer.

“It would be hard for me to sit out, missing out on $14 million, but I think Von is serious in what he’s saying,” Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said Thursday on NFL Network’s Total Access. “I think he truly, this whole time just talking to him, he hates the franchise tag. I definitely think he won’t sign it.”

The $14 million Harris references is roughly what Miller would make by signing the franchise tag tender and playing under a one-year deal. But Miller wants more long-term security than that and is after a multiyear contract.

He’s up against a deadline in that regard because any players with a franchise tag must sign a long-term deal by 1 p.m. Friday or else they can only play under the one-year tag and not resume negotiations until January.

Miller, who had 11 sacks last regular season and another five in the playoffs -- including 2.5 in the Super Bowl -- has threatened to sit out the season rather than play under the franchise tag.