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Von Miller basking in Super Bowl win, not worried yet about deal

SAN FRANCISCO -- After what Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller did in the team's Super Bowl-winning postseason run, he is likely the most impactful player poised for free agency.

But Miller, who had 2.5 sacks to go with two forced fumbles in the Broncos' 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers as Super Bowl 50's MVP, said pending negotiations with the team will be "a peaceful thing.''

Miller, who had five sacks in all during the Denver's playoff run, will be an unrestricted free agent in March. The Broncos want to keep him and Miller would like to stay so now it's about the numbers.

"As far as my situation coming up, we have -- Mr. [John] Elway, he's played in the National Football League, he's one of the best GMs that there is, we're here today because of him,'' Miller said Monday, just hours after the Super Bowl. "And I have people representing my situation as well. It's going to be a peaceful thing. I'm not really worried about it.''

The template, at least the starting point, for a dominant edge rusher in a 3-4 defense, is likely Justin Houston's six-year, $101 million deal, with $52.5 million guaranteed, that the linebacker signed with the Kansas City Chiefs last summer. Three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt signed a six-year, $100 million deal in 2014 that included $51.88 million guaranteed.

Elway has said the team "has a plan'' to keep Miller and that he knows "what the numbers would be.'' The Broncos have a franchise player tag to use and are likely to designate Miller their franchise player if the sides can't reach a deal when free agency opens, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The sides then could continue to work toward a long-term deal.

The Broncos used the same schedule when they negotiated with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas last offseason. While the Broncos and Thomas eventually worked out a five-year, $70 million deal, Thomas skipped the Broncos' entire offseason program.

On Monday, Miller said those decisions are for the weeks to come.

"For me, I'm just enjoying being with my teammates, celebrating,'' Miller said. "That's where I want to be.''

He later added: "Super Bowl, the MVP is special. The Super Bowl ring is something I will keep with me for the rest of my life. I'll be able to be with my brothers for eternity, I'll be able to be with those guys for 100 years from now -- that's truly beautiful.''

Miller was suspended for the first six games of the 2013 season for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy and also suffered a torn ACL to close out that season, so he didn't play in the Broncos' loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has consistently lauded Miller's work ethic and approach all season long.

"I've known Von since he was a very young man at Texas A&M -- so proud of his path,'' Kubiak said Monday. " ... The thing that people don't know is, you see a great player like that play on a big stage and play a tremendous game like he did, but people don't see the work he put in to get there. Von did not miss a football practice this year. Unless I sat him down in training camp to take a rest day, he did not miss a football practice ... He loves to play and ... his future is so bright.''