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Earlier this offseason, there was some chatter that Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller would not come back to the team since Denver hadn’t picked up his deal.
Now though that’s all in the past. Miller didn’t end up going the free agency route, and he will stay in the thin air in Denver to try and help lead the Broncos to another Super Bowl. They last won Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers.
Instead of allowing Miller to hit the open market, the Broncos and GM George Paton exercised the massive $22.225 million salary cap hit for this season, but at least it’s one less thing that Denver has to worry about.
Miller, however, has always remained confident that he would be with the Broncos come this season. Last week, he said that he has always wanted to be a Bronco for life and not bounce around from team to team.
“I always had an internal faith that I would be here,” Miller said on May 24.
“I said a long time ago that I want to be a Bronco for life. I always felt like that even though the business and all this stuff. I always felt like this was home and this is where I was going to end up. I’m an optimistic guy.
“You guys all know this — I’m an optimistic guy. I always feel like we can win the Super Bowl and be the best defense. I always feel like that, and that same optimism — I brought into this offseason. I always felt like I was going to be a Denver Bronco. I always felt I was going to come back.”
The 32-year-old linebacker has played nine seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Broncos. In that time, he has started 135 games and collected 106 sacks and 490 tackles.