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Without long-term deal, Von Miller not expected at offseason program

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos Von Miller may have told several teammates he expected to take part in the team's offseason program, but the linebacker is not expected to join the team unless a long-term contract is on the way.

Miller had not yet signed his franchise player tender and is not expected at the Broncos’ facility Monday when the team formally begin their offseason program. Several Broncos players have privately said in recent weeks Miller had told them he "planned" to be with the team for these early conditioning workouts and Aqib Talib confirmed that last week.

"I think that he's going to be there on the 18th," Talib said last week. "The last time I talked to him, he was going to be on his way to Denver on the 18th with everybody else.'

The Broncos placed the exclusive franchise player tag on Miller to keep him out of unrestricted free agency. The tag comes with a one-year guaranteed tender worth the average of the salaries of the highest-paid players in the league at the position.

In Miller's case, it is a one-year deal worth just over $14 million. Miller, however, cannot take part in the Broncos workouts, which are voluntary, until he either signs the tender or signs a long-term deal. The last two position players who the Broncos used the tag on -- tackle Ryan Clady and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas -- skipped the team's offseason work before each signed a new long-term deal just before the next training camp opened.

Talib had said "I don't think Von's mad about that franchise tag at all. He's confident in himself, that a good deal will happen one way or the other, whether it's this year or whether it's next year."

Miller is scheduled for another "Dancing With The Stars" show, in Los Angeles, Monday night.

Miller and his representatives have had talks about a new deal as general manager John Elway has said the Broncos would like to put together a contract to keep Miller with the team "for a long time."

The Broncos' initial offers have been for deals that average $18 million, including the guaranteed money. The Broncos are looking at Justin Houston's $52.5 million guaranteed in a six-year, $101 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in their assessment of how much guaranteed money to offer. Miller and his representatives have eyed something more on the order of the $60 million guaranteed in Marcell Dareus' six-year, $96.57 million deal with the Buffalo Bills or Ndamukong Suh's six-year, $114.4 million deal with Miami Dolphins that included $59.96 million in guaranteed money.

Miller was named Super Bowl MVP with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, including one in the first quarter that resulted a defensive touchdown after he had ripped the ball free from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Miller also had 2.5 sacks and an interception in the Broncos' win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.