Just as I was lamenting how the NFL’s trade deadline doesn’t often feature the splash component of its MLB and NBA contemporaries, the Los Angeles Rams woke up wanting to make a fool of me.
The #broncos have traded Von Miller to the Rams per source.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) November 1, 2021
Comp update: Rams are sending the Broncos a second- and third-round pick in the 2022 draft in exchange for eight-time Pro Bowl LB Von Miller, per sources
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 1, 2021
Von Miller’s agent confirms. https://t.co/ET9SIFQMq0
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 1, 2021
Acquiring Von Freaking Miller from the Broncos and adding him to one of the league’s best defenses is one of those things that looks so unfair. And once you dig into it, you’ll realize how fearsome this group becomes upon Miller’s arrival. That’s because adding Miller to a group featuring Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey is spookier than the faux makeshift graveyard your neighbors should be in the process of taking down by now.
Miller is set to make his Rams debut on the next installment of Sunday Night Football. But this deal was made with playoff football in mind. The Rams’ road to Super Bowl glory figures to go through Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. And let’s not forget games against Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, and Lamar Jackson are still on the Rams’ schedule.
Miller, 32, has a résumé is unlike any other active pass-rusher. Eight Pro Bowls under his belt. Three first-team All-Pro nominations. A Defensive Rookie of the Year award in his trophy case from 2011. Membership within the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-2010s Team. A Super Bowl ring. And a stat sheet stuffed with sacks (110.5), tackles-for-loss (142), and quarterback hits (225) over the course of a 142-game career in Denver. In short, the Rams are getting a beast.
If getting second- and third-round picks for Miller is the going rate for stud pass-rushers, then maybe the Bears should consider listening to offers for Khalil Mack. Injury status aside, playoff contenders should be blowing up Ryan Pace’s phone in search of a deal. All things being equal, Pace would listen to those offers. And should he get one good enough to pull the trigger, he should definitely consider it. But between the injury status, cap entanglements that come with such a trade, and the message jettisoning your best defensive player would send to the locker room, that’s a tough one to envision happening.
But if the Broncos can ship off their face of the franchise, then anything is possible. Even if it seems improbable.