The LA Rams and Denver Broncos agreed to a trade on Monday, sending eight-time Pro Bowl rusher Von Miller to SoCal in exchange for a second and third round picks in 2022 draft. That’s a hefty price to pay for Miller, a 32-year-old in the final year of his contract who hasn’t even downplayed in 2020. But financial details reveal how the Broncos were able to secure a likely second. and third-round pick next year for just a half-season rental from Von Miller.
The Broncos have agreed to pay $ 9 million of the remaining $ 9.7 million in Von Miller’s salary in 2021, meaning the passer is essentially a “free player” on a list that cannot afford much more expensive. Miller is should be ready for the Week 9 game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night football.
As part of the exchange, the Broncos pay $ 9 million off Von Miller’s remaining $ 9.7 million salary, per source.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 1, 2021
According to OverTheCap.com, the Rams have around $ 5.3 million in 2021 before adding the $ 700,000 that will go to Von Miller. The fact that Les Sneads doesn’t want to use more ceiling space for Miller would seem to indicate he has more plans to roll out, possibly even before Tuesday’s negotiating deadline.
It’s a big advantage for LA to be able to add a player of Miller’s abilities mid-season given how little space they should have right now, but also a risk as Miller will be a free agent in 2022 and that makes him a rental half-season. If the Rams don’t reach the Super Bowl, they’ll be left with disappointment and questions about going “full” and being left with no pick in the draft next year.
I’m told it’s a bit surreal in the #broncos installation right now as Von Miller bids farewell. The face of the franchise and a future Ring of Fame and Hall of Fame player were traded mid-season.
– James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) November 1, 2021
After the trade, the Rams are likely only left with a third, a fifth and two seventh-round picks, ahead of any compensatory picks distributed in 2022. LA traded their own second-round, but it’s unclear what they’re doing. they send theirs. third round or third compensatory round received for hiring Brad Holmes as general manager of the Detroit Lions. Either way, the Rams will once again be afterthought in the draft.
In the hopes that they will be the focal point of the Super Bowl.
Aaron Donald and Miller are considered two of the top five defensive players of the 2010s and they now team up on LA defense, alongside Leonard Floyd and Terrell Lewis.
Von Miller has appeared in seven games this season after missing all of 2020, and he’s created at least pressure in every competition so far. The good news is that Miller has been pressured nine times in the first two weeks against the Giants and Jaguars, but the not so good news is that he has only been pressured seven times in the last five games. Broncos head coach Vic Fangio sent Miller on the blitz 16 times in Week 4 against the Ravens – he only has 17 blitzes in the other six games combined – but that only created a ‘one press and one part of a bag.
However, Miller did not play with Bradley Chubb and he will now be alongside the greatest indoor passer of all time. I couldn’t say better than the MarkLZCran TST reader when first news:
Denver’s second-best passer was linebacker Malik Reed, who has four sacks in eight games, followed by defensive end Shelby Harris at 2.5.
Von Miller now goes to a Rams defense that has Leonard Floyd’s 6.5 sacks, followed by Donald’s 5.0 sacks, plus three each for Lewis and Sebastian Joseph-Day. Justin Hollins, a former Miller teammate in Denver, suffered two sacks in his three games before his injury and is also eligible to return from the IR this season.
So the LA Rams’ current situation looks good: A defense that doesn’t look as strong as their top five rankings just added a first edge rusher who has had at least 20 QB hits in his eight healthy seasons. has had in his career.
The situation in 2022 is, on the contrary, a bit simpler: The Rams won’t see any change in their 2022 salary cap because Miller is a free agent (LA is tight on cap space next year as is) and they will now be left with just four overall draft picks, before adding likely three offsets due to free agent losses in 2021. None of Les Snead’s picks will be in the first two rounds and it’s possible that the Rams aren’t even in the top 100 in 2022.
If they’re also the defending Super Bowl champions, then who cares?
If this is not the case, the light that will be shed on these decisions will take on a different color.