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Denver Broncos Not Expected To Pick Up Option On LB Von Miller

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At one point, Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller was maybe the most feared player in all of football. The linebacker put up double-digit sacks in seven of his nine seasons in Denver and amassed 106 total sacks in his NFL career.

He was also the MVP of Super Bowl 50, when he was a one-man wrecking crew against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Denver won that game 24-10 in Santa Clara, California.

Now however, it sounds like Miller is about to be a player without a team. ESPN’s Dan Graziano is reporting that Denver will decline the 2021 option on Miller’s contract between now and March 17th, the start of the new NFL year.

This is the last year Miller has in his contract with Denver, one that he signed in July of 2016. That contract was for $114.5 million over six years. The final year of his deal includes $17.5 million in base salary and a $500,000 workout bonus.

Miller hitting the free agent market would mean another big name player that teams can go after. Houston defensive lineman J.J. Watt is another such free agent, after he was released by the Texans last week.

Some teams may hesitate to sign Miller since he missed the entire 2020 season with a dislocated tendon in his ankle. He will also be 32 years old next month, so teams may take his age and wear and tear at the linebacker spot into consideration as well.

Two seasons ago, Miller put up eight sacks in 15 games, the second-lowest single season sack total in his career.

It might be worth it for Miller’s representation to see what Watt gets before agreeing to a deal with another team.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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