Few modern-era NFL gamers signal six-year contracts. Almost none play out these offers. Von Miller grew to become a serious exception, signing a then-defender-record contract in 2016 and taking part in it out.
Miller, 33, made 4 straight Pro Bowls on his six-year, $114.1M extension, anchoring a number of Broncos defenses held down by the franchise’s perennial points at quarterback. Following a full-season absence in 2020, Miller returned to kind final season by serving to the Rams to their second Super Bowl title. This led to a robust free-agent market, one which wrapped with the Bills giving the future Hall of Famer a six-year, $120M accord.
The Buffalo deal includes $45M fully guaranteed but features no guaranteed money after 2024. It additionally features a appreciable final-year pay bump to carry the AAV to $20M. But Miller, moderately than figuring out a retirement window throughout this prolonged contract, desires to be with the Bills over the period of the through-2027 deal.
“This is a six-year deal, so I’m looking forward to playing the whole thing,” Miller stated, via the Buffalo News’ Mark Gaughan. “I’m trying to play the whole thing out. Tom Brady‘s done it; Bruce Smith has done it. All the guys that I look up to when it comes to longevity in careers. So I just take it one day at a time, and I’m just gonna take whatever God gives me. My intention is to play the whole thing out. I’m a real sicko when you get to know me. My mindset is different.”
This is just not the primary time Miller has referenced Smith, neither is it the primary time he has discussed playing well into his late 30s. The All-Decade defender labored as a significant a part of the Rams’ Super Bowl push, registering 9 sacks within the crew’s remaining eight video games — together with two in Super Bowl LVI. The Bills beat out aggressive Rams interest for the star edge rusher’s companies, bringing within the Broncos’ all-time sack chief so as to add an anchor to a go rush that has lacked one for years.
Although solely Mario Addison collected six or extra sacks at 33 or older final season, there have been 71 double-digit sack seasons since 1960 (although sacks are solely official post-1982). Hall of Famers Smith, Reggie White and Kevin Greene are amongst these to stay prolific sackers into their late 30s, whereas Julius Peppers offers a current instance of such manufacturing (48 sacks from his age-33 season on). Miller ranks twenty second on the NFL’s official all-time sack listing, with 115.5. The former Super Bowl MVP is 22 away from the top 10.
The Bills are relying on Miller to remain on track, using rookie-contract defensive ends (Gregory Rousseau, Boogie Basham and A.J. Epenesa) round him. The crew did carry again Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips and signed ex-Washington D-tackle Tim Settle to spherical out this D-line retooling effort, nevertheless.
It stays unlikely Miller will play out one other six-year deal. The Bills must be anticipated to maneuver on in some unspecified time in the future within the mid-2020s. If Miller does thrive for a number of years on this pact, the edges reaching one other deal would seemingly be in play.