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Broncos make Von Miller top-paid defensive player with $114.5M deal

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Broncos make Von Miller top-paid defensive player with $114.5M deal
Denver Broncos Von Miller is the NFL's highest paid defensive player with a new contract. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Denver Broncos outside linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller became the NFL's highest-paid defensive player on Friday after agreeing to a six-year, $114.5 million deal.

A record $70 million is guaranteed in the contract, which came hours before the NFL's deadline for franchise players at 4 p.m. ET. The sides came to the final numbers of the pact last month with only the guaranteed money serving as the sticking point.

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Miller's guaranteed money is eclipsed by only that of Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, who will receive $75 million in guarantees in his $140 million contract extension.

Miller gets a $23 million signing bonus and $42 million guaranteed at signing, $61 million guaranteed after the second year and $70 million guaranteed after the third year of the deal, according to ESPN sources.

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The deal makes the 27-year-old Miller the highest-paid defensive player by average at $19.083 million per year. It is also the richest contract at any position other than quarterback.

Miller took to social media to show his pleasure with the deal by tweeting a photo of himself in a Broncos jersey with the caption "FOR LIFE."

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Franchise-tagged players must sign a long-term deal or make the average of top-five salaries of their position for this year if the deadline is not met.

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Miller received the exclusive franchise tag on March 1 after finishing last season with 11 sacks and four forced fumbles. The four-time Pro Bowl selection added 2 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles to help the Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

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