It’s Miller time in Los Angeles.
The Broncos and Rams hooked up in a rare successful trade, with Denver sending star pass running back Von Miller to the Rams in exchange for a pair of NFL Draft picks from Day 2 2022, according to reports.
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Miller, who is entering the twilight of his career, has a chance to win a second Super Bowl ring with a team that appears to be on the verge of a Super Bowl. In the meantime, the Broncos have a chance to reload their picks for 2022 and move on.
Is that how it works:
From Miller’s commercial grades
Rams: B +
It’s hard to debate that trading for Von Miller is indeed a good thing, but there are some questions surrounding the deal.
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The first is Miller’s health: The passing runner currently has an ankle injury that he suffered in Week 7 against the Browns, left the game and ultimately missed the Broncos’ Week 8 matchup against Washington. While it doesn’t appear to be serious, Miller is also coming off a serious ankle injury on the same leg, but the two are not related. Still, that is a lot of trauma for one part of the body.
The second is how much Miller has left to offer as a pass rusher. That might not matter much, considering there are more than enough sacks for a Miller-Aaron Donald pair. Miller is a free agent after the season, so he can play only half a season for the Rams before signing with another team.
Still, with Matthew Stafford at center and the Rams looking to win, not just make, Super Bowl 56, it’s hard to blame one front office for trading more draft picks while their window is open.
The day will come when the Rams need to, well, hold onto draft picks to help round out the roster, especially Day 1 and Day 2 picks. That day hasn’t come yet, and they shouldn’t have to worry about that for long. , long time.
And hey, if they win it all this year, no one in that building will be worried about a couple of dart throws on Day 2 in April.
The 4-4 Broncos are slowly realizing that their hot 3-0 start was more fraudulent than fact, and leaving Miller was a painful but easy choice.
While the two Rams picks will end up at the end of the second and third rounds in the 2022 Draft, getting a pair of Day 2 picks for a player who isn’t his former elite self is a great move for GM George. Paton. There’s also the issue that Miller is a pending free agent, and getting something, much less a second- and third-round pick for Miller, is a lot for a team that will need those picks next year.
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It helps that the Broncos still have Bradley Chubb for another year (currently out with an ankle injury), so they won’t be completely devoid of passing talent without Miller.
The Broncos did help the Rams a bit by picking up $ 9 million of Miller’s remaining $ 9.7 million, but that likely elevated the deal from a Day 2 pick to multiple picks.
With Miller, the Broncos were probably fighting for a wild-card spot in an incredibly difficult division. Without Miller, the Broncos are probably fighting for a wild-card spot in an incredibly difficult division. Collecting the picks for 2022 helps.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.