He had spent a decade with the Denver Broncos and just like that was told to head to Los Angeles.
The former No. 2 overall pick is not in his prime, but he represents an amazing option for the Rams defense.
They now add one of the best pass-rushers in NFL history and may decide to use him in a limited role.
That is almost unfair considering Aaron Donald is already on that defensive front.
Even with Miller being up there in age, the compensation in the deal was significant.
And as it turns out, the Rams weren’t the only contender calling.
Makes more sense now that the Rams had to give up a 2nd and 3rd for a player that wasn't going to be in Denver regardless in half a season.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 2, 2021
The Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills were apparently in on the deal as well, meaning Miller holds some great value around the league.
How The Rams Won
Miller fetching both a second and a third-round pick is significant.
That compensation is how the Rams were able to step up and get this deal done.
So why did the Rams pay so much?
That is likely because the Broncos decided to essentially buy some draft picks in this deal.
As part of the trade, the Broncos are paying $9 million of Von Miller’s remaining $9.7 million salary, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 1, 2021
Denver is paying nearly all of his salary and in exchange they got two great picks.
If they were not paying any of his salary, one low-round pick likely would have come in return and that might not have even been worth it.
That would have also kept the door open for the Cowboys and the Bills.
Both teams may have instead said “no thanks” when hearing what the Rams offered.
The rich get richer here as the Rams chase a title and the Broncos try to figure out a path forward.
Miller was no longer a part of the future plans in Denver, but it is still weird to see him leave.