The Denver Broncos finally secured their first win of the season on Sunday. But that is not the only reason they should hold on to Von Miller.
After the 0-4 start to their 2019 campaign, rumors swirled that Denver would be embracing the rebuild and trading their best talent for draft capital. The most attractive name on that list would obviously be Von Miller.
The seven-time pro bowler and Super Bowl MVP will make $17 million this year, and has two years left on his deal. In 2020 and 2021, his contract features a team option. If the Broncos pick them up, both years will see him paid another $17 million.
These numbers are huge cap hits, so any team that would be interested in his services may have to do some financial maneuvering to secure Miller. But why would Denver let him go in the first place?
According to Mike Klis, they would not even consider it. Miller is the anchor of the defense and a bona fide leader of the team. Not to mention their latest Super Bowl MVP. In his eight years in the league he has exactly 100 sacks, 468 tackles and 26 forced fumbles.
Miller has put together a Hall of Fame career in Denver. If they do plan on doing either a soft or all-out rebuild, who better to lead a new guard on defense than him? Add on to that, the Broncos have two club options for him in the next two years. Assuming they pick those up, they could always trade him if they want to move in a different direction. Miller’s value is not diminishing. Barring injury, he could be a huge piece on a team missing some pass-rushing ability.
Other names being proposed for the trading block include cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. These pieces make much more sense to move than a player like Von Miller. Although Klis said in the article linked above, that they also “are not being being considered as trading pieces.”
Elway and the Broncos brass have the right idea. Hold on to Miller and use him to groom Bradley Chubb as his second coming, after he rehabs from his ACL tear. They owe him that and more.
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