In a not-so-shocking turn of events, the Denver Broncos have decided to part ways with Von Miller. However, his destination was a bit of a surprise, as he’ll be heading to the West Coast to play next to Aaron Donald in the Los Angeles Rams.
“Blockbuster: Broncos are finalizing a trade to send eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two second-day 2022 draft picks, league sources tell ESPN. Miller is now saying his goodbyes to his friends in the Broncos’ training facility,” reported ESPN’S Adam Schefter.
“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,” he added on a follow-up tweet.
Von Miller Rams trade analysis
Well, you know what they say: The rich keep getting richer. The Von Miller Rams trade just made the Los Angeles Rams even scarier, a task that seemed nearly impossible just yesterday. But, what will the repercussions of this trade be? Let’s break them down.
The Broncos have officially given up
Well, for starters, the Von Miller trade means what we were all thinking already: The Denver Broncos have officially given up on the season. They entered the year with high hopes and expectations about their team and they were flat-out disappointing.
Teddy Bridgewater couldn’t make the most of their new weapons and wasn’t a big upgrade over Drew Lock. As for their so-called dominant defense, they were nowhere to be found against winning teams. Hence, trading Miller might be just the first of many more moves to come.
The Broncos are also reportedly fielding calls for cornerback Kyle Fuller, who’s vastly underperformed since the start of the season. Also, head coach Vic Fangio could be on the hot seat, even after barely beating the Washington Football Team on Sunday.
Are the Rams the biggest threat in the NFC now?
On the other side of the equation, we find a team that was already one of the biggest candidates to reach the Super Bowl. Matthew Stafford has thrown for 22 touchdowns through 8 weeks and the Rams’ explosive offense is only matched by its physical defense.
Even if Von Miller is past his prime and in the final year of his contract, we’re talking about one of the best defenders of his generation. The interior linebacker will join a defensive unit that already featured two of the best in the league in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey.
The Arizona Cardinals gave the Rams a run for their money and handed them their only loss of the season. Also, the Green Bay Packers are riding a seven-game winning streak and look like legit contenders. Then again, no team features more weapons on both sides of the ball than Sean McVay’s.
To make things even scarier, the Rams are expected to move DeSean Jackson as well, meaning they could replenish their draft arsenal or even get another piece in return for the veteran wideout. It’s still early to tell, but we like their chances against everybody in the league.