Bills sign Von Miller


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Justin Siejak, Sports Writer

If free agency is a game of baseball, the Buffalo Bills just hit a home run.

The Bills were the lucky team to win the Von Miller sweepstakes and land the eight-time pro bowler on Wednesday evening.

Miller spent almost his whole career with the Denver Broncos up until last year when he was dealt to the Rams. During his time in Denver, Miller became a well-decorated player amassing numerous accolades including being named the defensive rookie of the year, three first-team all pro selections, and a Super Bowl trophy, in which he also won the Super Bowl MVP.

Miller, who will turn 33 next season, is as premier as it gets with edge rushers. Considered a hall of famer already, he has cemented himself as one of the league’s best when it comes to getting to the quarterback.

The two-time Super Bowl winner broke the massive news himself via his Instagram story, announcing his final decision was with the Bills.

“Its been crazy man, a crazy four hours, going back and forth man. A lot of things that I love in LA. But I just wanted to let you know, I’m coming to Buffalo,” Miller announced on his Instagram story.

Miller, who is coming off of a year where he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in the middle of the year, now looks to give a young Bills defensive line some veteran production. Registering double-digit sacks in seven of his 11 years in the league, Miller is what this Bills team has missed since Mario Williams.

The contract is large. The Bills inked Miller to a six-year deal, worth up to 120 million dollars. At first glance, this deal seems massive, and a bit lengthy for a 32-year-old. Despite this, only up to 53 million is guaranteed in the deal (32 million at the moment of signing), and it appears the Bills will take a look at Miller at around the three-year mark and re-evaluate the contract again at that point.

Miller joins a defensive line with young players such as Ed Oliver, Greg Rousseau, Boogie Basham, and AJ Epenesa. Miller provides veteran leadership for these young players and certainly can give a few tips to the young guys.

While he can spread his knowledge to the young players off the field, he’ll also be helping during live snaps. Miller will demand extra attention from offensive lines, allowing for other players on the defensive line to capitalize on one-on-one battles.

During his announcement on Instagram, Miller also seemed to give a hint as to what number he will wear on his new team.

“Bills Mafia, what’s good? Is 40 open?” Miller said after his announcement.

Miller wore 40 during his college days at Texas A&M, and then returned to the number during his tenure with the Rams after wearing 58 with the Broncos.

It has been a long time since Bills fans have seen a pass-rushing talent like Miller. Now, with Miller on board, the defense has a whole new threat to opposing teams. Bills fans are hoping Miller was the missing piece to going all the way.