Von Miller – The Pros and Cons
At the time, signing Von Miller to a six-year/$114 million contract seemed like a brilliant move. It was July of 2016, and the 27-year-old Miller had already won a Super Bowl MVP award, twice made the All-Pro team, while racking up double-digit sacks every year, including 18.5 sacks back in 2012.
After signing the long-term extension, Miller continued to be the face of the Broncos making eight Pro Bowls, forcing 26 fumbles, and eventually becoming Denver’s all-time sack leader with 106.
But contracts are tricky, especially in the NFL. After many years of Hall-of-Fame like production, Miller provided only 8 sacks in 2019, missed the entire 2020 season with an ankle injury, and Denver has a team option on his contract.
In layman’s terms, that means that the Broncos have the option to pay Miller another $18 million to play next season, figure out a way to renegotiate the terms, or release the All-Pro linebacker and thus save $22 million in cap room.
The pros and cons of keeping Von Miller.
Pro – Von Miller was outstanding in Dancing with the Stars.
Con – Von Miller is now dancing around a criminal investigation by the Parker Police Department.
Pro – Von Miller is only 31 years-old.
Con – If Von Miller were a quarterback, a field goal kicker, or a long-snapper, 31 would still be considered young. For a defensive pass rusher coming off an ankle injury and asked to cover running backs and tight ends on occasion, not so much.
Pro – Keeping Von Miller gives Denver a dynamic duo of Miller and Bradley Chubb.
Con – Releasing Von Miller gives Denver a duo of signing Justin Simmons and having the money to do it with.
Pro – Releasing Von Miller will allow the Broncos more than $22 million to spend on other young talent in the league.
Con – $22 million can’t even buy you two AJ Bouye’s these days.
Pro – Von Miller puts fans in the seats.
Con – Due to COVID-19, there are no fans in the seats.
Pro – Giving Von Miller an extension would allow the Broncos to restructure his contract, clearing up cap room, and keeping the all-time Denver sack leader in Orange for the foreseeable future.
Con – The only thing worse than a 31-year-old pass-rusher with police issues, attitude issues, declining production, and an expensive six-year contract….is one with a nine-year contract.
Pro – Keeping Von Miller could allow Denver to trade him later for equal value.
Con – The last time a Denver team tried to trade a future Hall-of-Famer for equal value, they got Austin Gomber, two right-handed pitchers, an unknown first baseman, and some outfielder named Jhon Torres.
Pro – There’s some sentimental value here as Von Miller was the first draft pick that John Elway nailed.
Con – It was also the last draft pick that Elway nailed.
Pro – It’s possible that Von Miller will be asked to take a pay cut, accept the offer, and stay a Bronco for life.
Con – It’s possible that Deshaun Watson will fall in love with snowboarding and demand a trade to Denver, but that too, is never going to happen.
Pro – Getting rid of Von Miller will force thousands of fans to put away their number 58 jersey and purchase a new one of their second favorite Bronco.
Con – It’s not quite the same watching the Broncos while wearing a Brandon McManus jersey.
Images via espn.com, milehighreport.com, durangoherald.com, denverbroncos.com, youtube.com, usatoday.com