Von Miller’s feelings are still ‘raw’ as the Denver Broncos agree to swap him for the Los Angeles Rams

The Denver Broncos agreed to swap eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller for the Los Angeles Rams on Monday.

The Rams will send a second round and a third round of the 2022 NFL draft to the Broncos in exchange for Miller.

The Broncos will also pay $ 9 million of Miller’s remaining $ 9.7 million base salary for the nine games left in the regular season, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

An emotional Miller, who was sitting in the back seat of an SUV as he left the Broncos’ facility on Monday, told reporters he was surprised by the deal.

“It’s still a little hard to put into words. It’s still a little raw, but thank you, thank you to everyone, and off to LA,” Miller said.

“It’s still hard – you can’t really put it into words,” Miller added. “Someone told me that once you want to make God laugh, make plans. Just keep going, keep taking one day at a time. I have a beautiful little boy, had a lot of beautiful years here, many good memories, many good teammates, many good coaches, many great fans. ”

In Los Angeles, Miller will join a 7-1 Rams team that is among the favorites to run a Super Bowl LVI.

“Great team – I’m a big fan of [defensive tackle] Aaron Donald for a long time. They got a great defense … I’m excited, have always been a great teammate, and I will continue to do that, “Miller said, adding that he hopes to play Sunday night when the Rams host the Tennessee Titans.

During the low season, the Rams achieved great success with quarterback Matthew Stafford, who the team thought could be the last addition needed to win a title and do so in their brand new home at SoFi Stadium, where the next Super Bowl will be the game. .

Last month, as the trade deadline approached, Rams coach Sean McVay said he did not anticipate “any major splash moves that you may have seen from us in the past.” But the fifth-year coach added: “I would never say never.”

McVay said Monday night in a conference call with reporters that his first reaction when he was informed of a deal for Miller could be a possibility was: “‘You have to swallow me!’ That’s what I said. I’m like, ‘No way’. “

Miller will provide the necessary reinforcement for a defense that has experienced a slight setback compared to last season’s top-ranked performance despite three times NFL defender Donald and All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the lead roles. Based on coach Vic Fangio’s 3-4 schedule, Miller should fit in seamlessly with the Rams, whose system comes from Fangios, who plays against outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. And Miller will draw some attention away from Donald, who is in 18th place in the league with five sacks and has been the double-team at 106 snaps this season, the fourth most in the NFL.

“He brings an element, obviously an incredibly unique football player, that is not only a good pass-rusher, but he is a complete football player who can really impact and influence a offense in a negative way on all three downs,” McVay said of Miller. “You can use him in a variety of ways.”

McVay said Miller will undergo a physical Tuesday, but that it was the hope and expectation that he would be available to play Sunday against the Titans.

Miller, who hosted a Halloween party for his teammates and friends Sunday night, was in the team’s suburban complex in Denver Monday morning to say goodbye to his coaches and teammates.

“Always have Super Bowl 50 – seeing the pictures when I went out made me cry,” Miller said. “We always got Super Bowl 50, always got Broncos Country and had to keep going.”

Miller, who was John Elway’s first draft pick (second overall) as the team’s top football decision-maker in 2011, was the Broncos player who had the longest-serving player. He was in the final year of the $ 114.5 million six-year contract he signed in late July 2016, six months after winning the Super Bowl 50 MVP award. He is scheduled to be an unlimited free agent after the season.

“When I said ‘Broncos for life,’ I meant it – it will always be in my heart,” Miller said. “It was an honor and a privilege to play here. John Elway chose me and it was life-changing.”

Miller, 32, and kicker Brandon McManus were the only remaining players on the list to play in the Super Bowl 50 for the Broncos.

“Von was the very first draft pick we made back in 2011 at a time when we needed a powerful player to turn this team around,” Elway said in a statement. “There was a lot of pressure on him as the number 2 overall and he exceeded all those expectations during 11 fantastic seasons as Bronco.

“Von was always at his best when we needed him the most. Our Super Bowl 50 win and playoff that year would not have been possible without Von delivering one of the most dominant individual performances ever.”

Fangio, who spoke just moments before the news of the Miller deal became public, said with the trade deadline approaching, “several” teams had called the Broncos for deals, but he gave no details.

With the team at 4-4, Fangio was then asked if he expressed any of his thoughts on what the team should do before Tuesday’s trading deadline for general manager George Paton.

“I told him he had to do what he had to and we will train and train to win football with what we have,” Fangio said. “I have not tried to influence him in any way.”

Miller, the league’s active sack leader in his 110.5 career (sacks became an official statistic in 1982), is one of the most decorated players in team history with eight Pro Bowl selections and three first-team All-Pro selections. , and he was elected to the 2010s entire decades team by the Hall of Fame committee board.

Miller had a half-sack in the Broncos’ last five games after having four in the team’s 3-0 start in September. Miller did not play Sunday against Washington due to a left ankle injury, and Fangio said after the game that it was “not close” for Miller to be in the lineup.

When Miller was asked last week whether it was approaching the deadline for trade and the team’s matches in a losing streak of four games, he said:

“No, I can not really control any of it. I’m here with these guys, and I love all these guys – whether we lose or not. I can say that all these coaches, all these equipment managers, all the media guys – I’ll sincerely love these guys … While I’m here, while my key card is still working, and while I’m a Denver Bronco, I’ll keep trying to fix it. I’m going to keep trying to do ‘s to bring us back to the top of the mountain. I will continue to try to be the type of franchise that this franchise has been historic. ”

This is the second trade between the Rams and Broncos before this year’s trading deadline. The Rams traded linebacker Kenny Young to the Broncos in a deal that involved a draft pick last week. At the time, McVay said the decision to trade Young was “financially driven.”

“Whether that means some big big moves are imminent for us, it’s not something I can really talk about right now,” McVay said.

The Rams are also expected to make another shift on the list after veteran receiver DeSean Jackson, who signed a $ 4.5 million one-year deal that included $ 2.75 million guaranteed during the low season, requested late last week about being traded.

McVay said after Sunday’s 38-22 victory over the Houston Texans that “there has been some dialogue with some teams.” On Monday, McVay had no further update on Jackson, but it is urgent to find a solution for their receiving team after McVay announced that rookie Tutu Atwell will undergo shoulder surgery ending the season.

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