The Denver Broncos did Von Miller a massive favor by trading him to the Los Angeles Rams before the NFL trade deadline. It must’ve been difficult leaving the only NFL city he’s ever truly known. However, Miller is coming to his senses and realizing the unique opportunity in front of him.
The Broncos and the Rams are heading in two completely different directions.
Von Miller spent his entire career in Denver before the Broncos traded him
After watching his dominant career at Texas A&M, the Denver Broncos selected Von Miller with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The former Aggie turned out to be one of the franchise’s best draft picks in recent memory.
Miller played nine full seasons in Denver and enjoyed plenty of success on the football field. He hit the ground running, racking up 11.5 sacks in 2011 en route to winning the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.
For most of his tenure with the Broncos, Miller was one of the most feared pass-rushers in the NFL. He recorded 509 tackles, 142 tackles for loss, 110.5 sacks, and 26 forced fumbles in 142 games with the Broncos. He also helped lead the team to a victory in Super Bowl 50.
Miller wasn’t just a force on the football field, but he left a lasting impact on the Broncos’ locker room and the city of Denver as a whole. The DeSoto, Texas native gave his all to the franchise, so it’s only fitting that he was emotional after learning of the trade. He delivered a heartfelt message via the Broncos Twitter page.
He had a great run in Denver, but now it’s time to write a new chapter.
The Pro Bowl defensive end enters a much better situation in Los Angeles
Von Miller couldn’t have asked for a better situation to walk into at this stage of his career. After years of loyalty to the Denver Broncos, the 32-year-old gets to join a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
The LA Rams are currently 7-1 heading into a Sunday Night Football tilt against the Derrick Henry-less Tennessee Titans. Sean McVay‘s squad is already loaded, but adding an eight-time Pro Bowler to the mix is almost unfair.
Miller didn’t take too much time lamenting his departure from Denver. He’s looking forward to the opportunity to be part of such a talented football team.
“It feels like a movie,” Miller told ESPN. “When I took off Tuesday morning, I had a nice view of the mountains, and I told myself, taking off you’re a Denver Bronco, when I land I’m a Los Angeles Ram. I went to sleep 4-4 and woke up 7-1.”
Miller’s excitement is warranted. He has a chance to be a part of something special brewing in LA.
The Broncos’ defense underachieved to begin the 2021 season, and losing Von Miller will make matters worse. On the flip side, the Rams’ defense gets even stronger.
The Rams trading for Miller proves it’s Super Bowl or bust in 2021
Rams general manager Les Snead is going all-in to win a Super Bowl in 2021. Trading for Von Miller further clarifies the mission.
Even without the former Broncos’ star, LA was a legitimate threat in the NFC.
New arrival quarterback Matthew Stafford and the offense are rolling. Cooper Kupp has emerged as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Raheem Morris’ defense, led by Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, is fierce. The unit just got even scarier with the addition of the three-time All-Pro.
“This team is ready to win right now, ready to win championships right now,” Miller said of the Rams’ potential. “And I’m excited to be a part of it. I’ve been wearing blue and orange forever. Everything just looks weird, but it feels extremely right.”
The Rams gave up second and third-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft to land Miller. Now, it’s Super Bowl or bust. This team has the necessary talent on both sides of the ball to compete for a Super Bowl right now.
Von Miller would love to get back to the Super Bowl. A player and person like him deserves this opportunity, and LA gives him the best shot to get it done.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.