From the Denver Broncos to the LA Rams: how the Von Miller trade got down – Denver Broncos blog

November 4, 2021

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado – Linebacker Von Miller’s trade from the Denver Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams came to fruition over a hectic weekend, before Broncos general manager George Paton had a chance to tell Miller or the coaches , players and staff of the Broncos. and, perhaps most difficult of all, her son Beau.

“He didn’t like that we traded Von Miller,” Paton said. “He’s still not talking to me. I understand. I understand the emotion in it.”

It was finalized on Sunday and announced on Monday.

Miller was the Broncos’ most decorated and veteran player and is a safe bet for the team’s Ring of Fame. Paton, in his first year on the job, made a move that shook the franchise because he saw what he called a “win-win” opportunity. The Broncos received future draft capital in exchange for a 32-year-old with an expiring contract. And Miller got the best possible situation as a reward for what he had done for the Broncos.

“We had calls from teams that were interested … but we wanted to get it right with Von,” Paton said. “He has done well for us for 11 years, we were going to do well, otherwise we weren’t going to change him.”

After discussions with some in the league, as well as what Paton said Tuesday after the trade deadline passed, ESPN reconstructed how the trade unfolded.




Sam Acho explains what LB Von Miller brings to the Rams’ already impressive defense.

Paton said there was some contact from the Rams “late last week” and that he had the first “in-depth” talks with Rams general manager Les Snead Friday afternoon and into the night about a possible agreement.

There was the matter of Miller’s left ankle injury sustained in the Broncos’ loss in Cleveland, the same ankle that Miller underwent surgery last September, forcing him to miss the 2020 season. The Rams wanted something. of comfort on the injury front and, because Miller had just over $ 9.7 million of his base salary owed to him this season, the Rams also needed financial help from the Broncos.

The Rams’ cap was so tight that a week earlier they had traded linebacker Kenny Young to the Broncos, giving the Rams about $ 1.3 million in cap relief.

Paton weighed his desire for more draft picks against the fact that Miller was in the final year of a six-year, $ 114.5 million contract that he signed in July 2016. The Broncos would get nothing better than a compensatory fifth-round pick. if he went in other parts of free agency.

“There was uncertainty [with the contract] … that was a cape; It wasn’t the only thing, but it was part of it, “Paton said.




Marcus Spears and Dan Orlovsky react to Von Miller’s trade from the Broncos to the Rams.

Paton said he continued to speak with Snead until Saturday. During a brief time when he didn’t have a phone pressed to his ear, Paton had the opportunity to see an affirmation, up close and in person, of what Miller means to the Broncos faithful.

“My son had a playoff game, Beau, he’s 12 and he had a playoff game, so I show up to the game and Von Miller is in the game,” Paton said. “… He was there to see [linebackers coach] John Pagano’s son plays Pop Warner football.

“We were standing next to Von, watching the game and a hundred children came up to him; he signed all the autographs and offered to take selfies with each child. The adults were coming up to him, this guy is a special player, a special player.” person.”


Miller did not play the afternoon game against Washington, a 17-10 Broncos win. After the game, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Miller “wasn’t that close” to play because of the ankle injury.

Paton said he spoke with Snead throughout Sunday and they resolved all the issues Sunday night. The Broncos would send Miller to the Rams, pay $ 9 million of Miller’s remaining salary, and the Rams would send the Broncos second- and third-round picks in the 2022 draft.

The draft picks, said several staffing executives contacted Tuesday, were quality spoils for Paton given Miller’s age and the fact that he could go from capped Rams at the end of whatever happens in his career. season.

After Paton and Snead exchanged the final “yes”, Paton said that he realized what the exchange would do once it was made public.

“This was definitely not easy, I didn’t sleep on Sunday night,” Paton said. “This wasn’t easy. This guy is an icon, he can still rush the passer. You just have to do, it’s a win-win, you have to make the best decision for your franchise going forward and we felt like this was right now. “


Paton said he didn’t tell Miller until Monday morning. He made sure to sit down, face-to-face, to let Miller know why the trade was made and what the MVP of Super Bowl 50 had meant to the franchise.

“I met Von, John Elway met Von, [team president] Joe Ellis met him and Vic met him, “said Paton.” My conversation with him was honest, open, emotional. We talked about Von’s career about how far he’s come, we talked about our current team … we talked about the Rams and how he fits in.

“We wanted to do well with Von, we sent him to a great franchise, a team that is at the center of it. He’s really going to fit in there and it will really help in the second half of his career.”

Miller then had a chance to meet and say goodbye to his teammates and coaches before leaving the Broncos facility. He then made a nine-minute video with the Broncos’ digital media department to thank the fans.

Miller spoke briefly, struggling to hold back tears at times, with a small group of local media as they left the compound, and that was it.

“That’s not easy … when you have to tell someone like Von that we’re going to change him, that’s the hardest thing I have to do,” Paton said. “[Players] They are human … this is their community, so I don’t take it lightly. That was a very difficult conversation. … [But] if we had to trade it, that was the kind of place we wanted to trade. “