Broncos Interested in All-Pro Edge Rusher: Report

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The Denver Broncos are interested in reuniting with edge rusher Von Miller, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network. However, the Broncos are not Miller’s “first choice,” Wilson wrote in a story published March 6.

The Denver Broncos, Miller’s former team that traded him last season to the Rams, are also interested. A reunion isn’t necessarily Miller’s first choice in free agency, though, per a source.

Also on March 6, Josina Anderson of USA Today Sports+ reported that the Broncos are in the mix for Miller.

Miller is one of the most prominent players in Broncos history. During his 10-year tenure with the franchise, he was selected to eight Pro Bowls and recorded 110.5 sacks. Most notably, Miller was the MVP of the 2016 Super Bowl, where the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10.

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In November, the Broncos traded Miller to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a second-round pick and a third-round pick. Miller, who had four sacks in the Rams’ four playoff games, was a critical piece of the Rams’ Super Bowl run. He has more career sacks than any other active NFL player. Last season, Miller was Pro Football Focus’ third highest-graded edge defender.


3 Other Teams Are Interested in Miller

Miller, who will be 33 when the 2022 season starts, is expected to be a hot commodity on the free-agent market. Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 4 free agent, and NFL.com ranked him as No. 7.

According to Wilson, the Rams, Los Angeles Chargers and Green Bay Packers have all expressed interest in Miller.

The Rams are an obvious destination, considering they just gave up significant draft capital to acquire Miller. However, they are $13.2 million over the cap, so they will need to restructure some contracts to free up some room to sign Miller.

The Chargers are an interesting landing spot. Miller and Joey Bosa would be a fearsome pass-rushing tandem, and the Chargers have $57.5 million in cap space, which is the second most in the NFL.

The Packers are a surprising inclusion given that they are about $29.8 million over the cap. In addition, it appears they are moving toward reaching long-term deals with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on the morning of March 7 that the Packers made a “significant long-term contract offer” to Rodgers.


Edge Rusher Is a Need for the Broncos

Edge rusher is a big need for the team, so it’s not surprising the Broncos are interested in Miller.

NFL Network’s James Palmer previously reported in a February 17 tweet that the Broncos will look to get pass rushers “in any way they can.”

They are going to look at pass rushers, and they are going to look at getting pass rushers in any way they can, whether that’s in free agency or the draft. They need a mismatch pass rusher opposite of Bradley Chubb.

The Broncos have approximately $39.2 million in cap space, per Spotrac. So, they could be able to make a competitive offer for Miller. If the Broncos can land Miller, they likely would immediately improve their pass rush, which ranked 15th in the NFL in 2021.

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