Denver Broncos new GM top 4 most critical decisions
2. Figure out Von Miller’s future with the team
Von Miller sadly missed the entire 2020 season due to injury, but he should be mostly recovered at this point in time.
Miller is set to count $22.225 million against the salary cap in 2021, the highest figure on the team and a very tough-to-justify number when it’s the final year of his deal and he’s coming off of a season-ending injury.
Even if the Broncos leave Miller’s contract as it is, it wouldn’t be overly surprising, but in order to benefit the team, they could approach him about a restructure of the deal.
When the new league year starts in March, $7 million of guarantees will trigger in Miller’s contract, meaning the Broncos will have to make a decision about him ASAP. If the Broncos do not exercise Miller’s option, it would free up $18 million in salary cap space.
If Miller is amicable to a restructure, it could be a huge benefit to both he and the Broncos. He has expressed his desire to remain in Denver for the long haul, but for a player who has done so much in the NFL, how much of a pay cut can you really ask him to take?
Contending teams would undoubtedly line up for the chance to sign Miller, even at the age of 31. His situation is not too unlike DeMarcus Ware’s situation before Ware wound up signing with the Broncos.
It would be brutal to see Miller in another team’s uniform, and the new GM that comes in is going to determine whether that happens or not.