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The Super Bowl 50 MVP signed himself a deal worth up to $114.5 Million over the course of 6 years, the deal includes $70 million guaranteed.
Thanks to pointafter.com for this graph, so we can get an idea of how large Millers contract really is.
Von Miller is now the highest paid defensive player in the history of the NFL.
But does he really deserve to that much money? Yes.
Von Miller is the best pass rusher in the NFL. Whether you want to give him credit for that achievement singularly or illuminate that he played on a defense with Aqib Talib (top 5 cornerback in the NFL), Chris Harris Jr (top 10 cornerback in the NFL), TJ Ward, DeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson, Derek Wolfe, Brandon Marshall, and Danny Trevathan, doesn't matter.
Miller had the second most sacks in the NFL last season, and the most QB hits. He averaged 2 QB hits per game, and 2 tackles per game. Miller also finished the year with 32 solo tackles, 35 combined. I guess, that is as good as it gets.
When you look at his career, the man certainly deserves the money. He has had double digit sacks in each of his 5 season except for one (that one year he was suspended for 6 games, he ended up playing in 9). His athleticism is off the charts, as well as his speed. He's had one major injury in his pro career, an ACL tear in week 17 of the 2013 season. 10 years ago, that would have been a major concern, nowadays a single knee injury is nothing to get worked up about.
Do I think Von Miller deserves this kind of money? No.
Not because of him as a player, but because of the money itself. Miller is being paid QB money, almost 20 million a year. Under the NFL cap, you can only have one player earning close to $20 million a year, if you want to build a championship contending team. No team can fit two players at $20 million per year, it just doesn't work that way. Another thing that doesn't work in the NFL, is winning the Super Bowl without at the bare minimum a veteran QB. Which the Broncos don't have. They have Trevor Sieman, Mark Sanchez, and Paxton Lynch (I like Paxton, could be a good QB). None of those guys are winning you anything, anytime soon.
In this day and age, I doubt you can win a Super Bowl with a pass rusher as your highest paid player. There are so many good pass rushers in the NFL, it wouldn't be hard to replace the output of Miller down the road. Also, the way the game is played now, the need for pass rushers is the highest it has ever been, buttloads of pass rushers come into the NFL every year through the draft.
Keep doing what you're doing Denver, because it feels stupid and there is nothing more that I want than to see your dumb ass horse get blown to bits by Tom Brady and the Patriots.
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