ENGLEWOOD, Colorado. – After 135 games, 106 bags, eight Pro Bowls and a glorious Super Bowl MVP Award, linebacker Von Miller’s dance-packed run with the Denver Broncos will last at least one more season.
The Broncos decided to exercise an option clause in Miller’s contract that guaranteed $ 7 million of Miller’s $ 17.5 million base salary for the 2021 season. The move marks the final year of the six-year, $ 114.5 million contract that Miller signed in 2016.
Miller went to Instagram to express his luck.
“I totally chose to be a Coloradoan for life, much less a Denver Bronco,” he wrote. “I want to be here forever, through the thick, the thin, the Super Bowl seasons, the lost seasons. I want to be here forever.”
The Broncos had informed Miller, who will turn 32 later this month, and Miller’s representative of the decision in the past few days. Tuesday was the deadline to exercise the option or Miller would have been an unrestricted free agent. The two sides had been discussing the revision of the contract for the past few weeks, as Miller’s salary cap of $ 22.2 million will be the highest on the team.
The Broncos simply posted a picture of a smiling Miller on their social media accounts Tuesday morning, captured immediately after the team’s Super Bowl 50 win, with confetti falling into the background. The team later released a press release announcing the decision.
The free agency will officially open on Wednesday afternoon.
However, given the pass-rushing offers announced Monday of the first negotiation period – many between $ 16 million and $ 18 million a year – Miller’s salary is in line with the market.
On March 4, Broncos general manager George Paton said the team wanted Miller back in 2021 but are still awaiting the results of an investigation by the Parker, Colorado Police Department to see if Miller would be charged with a crime. The next day, the 18th District Law Office said they refused to bring charges.
Miller is the longest-serving and most decorated player in the Broncos. Miller was an NFL all-decade selection for the 2010s, has been named a Pro Bowls of All Broncos Players since Hall of Famer Champ Bailey, and is one of three players in franchise history to win a Super Bowl MVP award to have.
His 106 career bags top all active players – J.J. Watt is second – and he’s the Broncos front runner in sacks and forced fumbling (25).
Miller has trained in California for some time since the end of the season and is fully recovered from the ankle injury that kept him out of the 2020 season. Just a few days before the start of the season, he suffered a tendon injury in his ankle during training. He had only missed one game in his last six seasons.
Miller was John Elway’s first draft pick for the Broncos’ top footballer when the Broncos picked Miller No. 2 overall – behind Cam Newton – in the 2011 draft. With 11.5 sacks that year, Miller was named the League’s Defensive Rookie of the Year and was chosen for the first of eight Pro Bowls.
The 2013 season was the only year Miller played in a game for the Broncos and was not selected for the Pro Bowl.
His Super Bowl 50 performance is shortlisted for the franchise’s biggest single games. Miller had 2.5 sacks, made two fumbles, and threw a pass deep for cover. One of his forced fumbling was salvaged for a touchdown, the other for the Broncos on the Carolina Panthers 9-yard line, which led to another Broncos touchdown four games later.
Former Broncos defense coordinator Wade Phillips has described Miller as “one of the best players to have ever played his position … he can rush the passer-by like no other I’ve seen.”
In April 2020, Miller became the first NFL player to publicly say he fought COVID-19 – he said, “I was scared as hell” – and he was one of the Broncos’ leading voices on social justice issues, including writing an essay for the time that started with “Say their names. Hands up. Don’t shoot. I can’t breathe.”
When asked last summer how much longer he would play, Miller said, “If you’re still passionate about it and still doing it at a high level, I don’t think I should even think about not playing. ” I still feel able to compete, I still feel fast, which is most important. As long as I can do that, I’ll play. … Every year I get to play, every time I get to play, I’ll just keep pushing and in the end I’ll see how many [years] it is and i will look up and i will be cool with it. “