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There has been a lot of speculation about Von Miller’s future in Denver. The longtime Bronco will turn 32 years old later this month, and he’s coming off an ankle injury that sidelined him for the duration of the 2020 season.
When taking into account that combination and Miller’s cap hit for this season, many have predicted that the star pass-rusher would be a cap casualty, especially with the cap decrease due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Surprisingly, Miller will remain in Denver after all.
Mike Klis with 9News in Denver tweeted out the development early on Tuesday morning. The team will reportedly exercise the $7 million guarantee option for Miller’s $18 million salary for 2021, according to Klis.
The Broncos will exercise the $7 million guarantee option on Von Miller's $18 million salary for 2021, per source. Von stays. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 16, 2021
This decision comes on the heels of the Broncos attempting to lower the outside linebacker’s cap number. According to insider Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network, those talks went nowhere.
Since Denver didn’t want to let Miller go, they scrapped any idea of a restructure.
The two sides had talks to lower the cap number that went nowhere. But the #Broncos won’t let Von Miller go. So the plan is to play on $18M. https://t.co/eiaqXAmOmA
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2021
It would’ve been strange to see Miller in any uniform other than orange and navy blue.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound linebacker is one of only two defensive players (Malcolm Smith for the Seahawks in 2014) since 2003 to win Super Bowl MVP, and that’s only one tally on his list of career accomplishments. In nine healthy seasons, Miller has produced 106 sacks and 216 QB hits.
Seeing him back in Denver opposite third-year edge rusher Bradley Chubb will be fun to watch.
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