Are Broncos Title Threats With Von Miller Back in the Saddle?
The Denver Broncos no longer have to worry about their defense taking a huge hit in 2016 and beyond. According to multiple reports, the team has finally reached a massive long-term contract with star pass rusher, Von Miller.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 15, 2016
Miller had been holding out all summer with the hopes of reaching a long-term contract extension that mirrored his worth and upside. That led to multiple contract disputes between the two sides, with Miller initially not feeling properly compensated.
The new deal looks like a win for Miller, as he’s reportedly agreed to a six-year deal worth $114 million. Miller also received $70 million in guaranteed money with the new contract.
Worth the Fuss
While this is a ton of cash for one 27-year old, Miller has proven he’s worth the investment, as he was the driving force behind one of the best defenses ever in Denver’s aggressive 2015 unit.
Miller’s stout regular season (11 sacks and four forced fumbles) was nothing compared to his reign of terror during the Broncos’ Super Bowl run, as he tacked on an impressive five sacks and two more forced fumbles.
In all, Miller was responsible for a whopping 102 quarterback pressures throughout the entire 2015 season and played a huge hand in helping to stifle a dominant Carolina Panthers offense in Super Bowl 50.
With Miller taking care of one side of Denver’s pass rush for the next six years, it’s arguable that the Broncos could remain a real problem for anyone else trying to win the league title.
Broncos’ 2016 Super Bowl Odds
Von Miller helped Denver’s defense elevate the team in a year where their quarterback play was shaky at best, so it’s conceivable that he and that unit could do it again in 2016.
Vegas doesn’t love their chances, of course, as the Broncos currently boast just +1800 odds to win it all.
That could be because Peyton Manning retired and repeating is very difficult, but perhaps the oddsmakers have it wrong. Bovada has Denver as just the eighth best team per those odds, while the Broncos aren’t even being viewed as legit threats to get back to the Super Bowl.
In fact, with the Oakland Raiders improving and Kansas City smelling blood in the water, some experts don’t even see the Broncos as a lock to win the AFC West division.
Only time will tell if what Denver’s defense accomplished last year is sustainable, but it’s easy to see where their issues lie: Mark Sanchez currently looks to be their main man under center come week one.
Still, it’s tough to count the Broncos out, regardless of the many reasons to do so. And if you were at all leaning toward betting on them defying logic again, the return of Von Miller can’t make you feel any worse about their chances.
Is Denver in trouble in 2016, or does the return of Von Miller make them a legit threat to repeat as NFL champions? Discuss in the comments below!
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