Von Miller’s contract negotiation with the Denver Broncos played out in very public fashion this offseason, with the Super Bowl 50 MVP threatening to hold out instead of suiting up under the franchise tag. Eventually, Miller signed a six-year, $114.5 million contract – which included $70 million guaranteed – to become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.
Smart move by the Broncos. Miller, who had 11.0 sacks last season, already has 7.5 through six games.
Still, there may have been times this past offseason when Miller thought his days in a Denver uniform were numbered.
“In that situation, I just left all of my options open,” Miller said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “It was a very uncertain time. Contract negotiations, you don’t know if you’re going to be back or if you might have to sit out. At the end of the day, I really wanted to come back and play for the Denver Broncos. That was always my intention, and we were able to get it done.”
Indeed. The Broncos, however, have lost two straight games following a 4-0 start. They lost to Atlanta, 23-16, with Paxton Lynch playing in place of the injured Trevor Siemian, and they lost at San Diego, 21-13, without head coach Gary Kubiak, who missed the game while recovering from a migraine.
“That’s just part of the National Football League,” Miller said. “It’s a lot of stuff that happens week-to-week. We’ve got a great team. We got great resolve on this team. We just took the same approach that we take (with an) injury or something like that. We went out there and went to war with what we had.”
Denver will look to rebound Monday night against Houston (4-2), as Brock Osweiler makes his return to Mile High. Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said that the Denver defense wants to “kill” Osweiler, who jilted John Elway in the offseason, but Miller isn’t willing to go quite that far.
“We got a lot of personalities in our locker room, especially on defense,” Miller said. “That’s what makes us a great defense with our secondary and our linebackers and stuff. But I don’t have any hard feelings toward Brock. We went through the same type of deal. I understand where he’s coming from. I understand the decision that he’s made. But it’s just going to be a competitive game. I played with Brock for three years, so knowing him personally on and off the football field, it just adds a little bit of flame to the fire whenever you’re going against a teammate that you played with before.”
Kickoff on Monday is at 8:30 p.m. ET.
In other news, Miller, who was a two-time All-American at Texas A&M, discussed the Aggies’ upcoming game against Alabama. No. 6 A&M (6-0) will face the No. 1 Tide (7-0) in Tuscaloosa this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
A&M is a 19-point underdog.
“It’s always a tough game, especially when we play against Alabama,” Miller said. “But we’ve been looking pretty good this year. If any year was going to be the year for us to do it, I think this year would be it. Alabama is going to be a tough game. We’re going to have to come in there and take it one play at a time, which we’ve been doing this whole season. Thats why we’re undefeated. I feel like we got a shot. We got great players, we got a great defense, and any given Saturday it can happen. Hopefully this Saturday is it for us.”