It cost the team both a second and third-round pick, but Denver is paying nearly all of Miller’s salary, which makes this a great deal for both sides.
Miller is a free agent after the season so the Rams have to either decide if he is a rental or if they want to immediately start crafting a new deal for him.
The latter intention appears to be the case, according to Rams GM Les Snead.
“We’re actually looking at this from a standpoint of how soon can he help us, can he help us if we’re fortunate enough to continue going and make the 2021 tournament, how can he help us there,” Snead said, as shared by NFL.com. “And then there’s a long-term vision for Von as well.”
Having a long-term vision in place should have Rams fans excited.
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Not Just A Rental
The Rams decided to send over some major draft capital in exchange for Miller.
Yet Snead does note that he expects to receive some good compensatory selections in the 2022 draft.
So this move was a calculated one when it comes to the picks.
That is also true when it comes to Miller.
The veteran may have heard the news and already started thinking about returning to Denver in the future.
But playing with a dominant Rams defense could sway him to stay with Los Angeles and continue to chase titles until his eventual retirement.
Since Les Snead and Sean McVay became pals in 2017, the Rams have traded for:
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The key will be paying him close to what other teams will offer.
If the compensation is indeed close, there is no reason why Miller should want to leave Los Angeles unless he just truly hates being there for reasons unrelated to football.
Snead took a gamble and the Rams got stronger.
Even if Miller ends up being a rental, he could help the team win it all this year.