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Von Miller has message after Odell Beckham Jr. joins Rams

Von Miller on the practice field

Von Miller worked hard to bring Odell Beckham Jr. to the Los Angeles Rams, and now he’s ready to reap the rewards.

Miller essentially confirmed that the Rams would be signing Beckham by posting an Instagram image of the two video chatting. The caption sent a clear message, both to Beckham and the rest of the league: “Let’s chase this ring family!!!!”

If it wasn’t already obvious, the Rams are going all out in 2021. They already added Miller via trade earlier this month. Adding Beckham is arguably an even bigger statement of intent.

Miller was pretty actively involved in recruiting Beckham to Los Angeles. It’s not clear how big a role that played in the wide receiver’s final decision, but it certainly couldn’t have hurt.

Photo: Jun 1, 2021; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) during organized team activities at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

New Rams star recruits Odell Beckham Jr to join him

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

Von Miller has yet to appear in a game with the Los Angeles Rams, but the star pass-rusher is already doing some recruiting work for his new team.

Miller, who was traded to the Rams from the Denver Broncos on Monday, is hoping another former Pro Bowler will join him in L.A. After the Cleveland Browns announced on Friday that they are parting ways with Odell Beckham Jr., Miller shared a photo of himself and OBJ on Instagram. Friday happened to be Beckham’s 29th birthday, so Miller wished him a happy birthday. He also wrote “come to the (Rams) so we can chase this ring together!!!”

Here’s the post:

Beckham will have to clear waivers before any team is free to sign him. The Rams have the 30th waiver priority out of 32 teams, and Beckham may not make it that far.

While he hasn’t been productive the last couple of seasons, Beckham is a huge name. Plenty of fans and players want their teams to take a chance on him. Lamar Jackson has already heard from a ton of Baltimore Ravens fans who want him to recruit OBJ, but he had a hilarious message for them on Twitter.

Photo: Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos player appears to confirm Von Miller Halloween party story

Von Miller on the practice field

One Denver Broncos player seems to be confirming the bizarre development that may have factored into Von Miller’s trade from the team.

Broncos tight end Noah Fant appeared Tuesday on 104.3 The Fan’s “Stokley and Zach.” During the interview, Fant addressed the story about Miller’s Halloween party allegedly causing a rift within the team.

“It’s kind of sad that got out of our locker room,” said Fant, per Broncos writer Zac Stevens. “I feel like that should be something that stays in the locker room. I guess I’ll clarify. It was a situation where we were planning on having this Halloween party. That was the thing. Then we dropped a couple of games and Von had contacted everybody in the group chat saying, ‘Hey, like I’m thinking about cancelling the party. We want to win games. We’ve got to focus on winning games. That’s the biggest thing, being improvement-driven. Focus on winning games and things like that.’

“So he did try to cancel it,” Fant went on. “Guys still wanted to have it. And then it kind of went south from there. I’m not going to go into details. They ended up having the party. I did not attend. I had a conversation with Von afterwards. I still paid just because if I knew I wasn’t going to go I should have spoken up and said something. I try to hold to my morals and values. To each guy his own. Every guy has different thoughts about that.”

A report broke earlier this week about Miller’s Halloween party, which he throws every year, and how it allegedly created friction with his teammates and even was a factor in the veteran being traded. The report focused on Miller’s teammates supposedly being unwilling to chip in for the cost of the party. The fact that Fant mentioned that he paid his share indicates that money was still a point of contention. But he makes it sound like the major issue was that Miller wanted to cancel the party while other players still wanted to have it.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Miller got traded to the Los Angeles Rams the day after Halloween despite having spent his entire ten-year career with the Broncos. The Halloween party report seemed outlandish on the surface. But Fant is essentially confirming that it did cause some issues for the Broncos.

Photo: Jun 1, 2021; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) during organized team activities at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Did Von Miller’s Halloween party cause rift among Broncos?

Von Miller on the practice field

The Denver Broncos surprised the NFL by trading Von Miller on Monday to the Los Angeles Rams for a pair of draft picks. Miller was in the final season of his contract with Denver and was traded despite his team being 4-4.

One very interesting report published on Monday suggests that Miller recently created a rift with his teammates that could have played a role in Denver’s desire to trade him.

Adam Beasley, who writes for Pro Football Network, says that Miller had issues with teammates over his annual Halloween party.

Miller throws a big Halloween bash every year. The party costs six figures and even featured musician Quavo from the group Migos this year.

According to Beasley, Miller asked teammates to help chip in for the party. The teammates were surprised as they thought they were invited guests and not expected to pay.

The report states that the situation caused some problems in the locker room that may have contributed to the team’s decision to trade the veteran.

Beasley is a former Miami Dolphins reporter for The Miami Herald, whom we have cited for stories in the past. As much of a stretch as this story may seem, the source of the report is a legitimate reporter. Maybe a former Dolphins player or coach now with the Broncos told Beasley about the matter.

Maybe there was some drama surrounding Miller’s Halloween party, but whether it factored into a trade is a different story.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Miller’s Halloween party produced some headlines. Three years ago, a Broncos player was kicked out of the party and then arrested. That same year, some Broncos drew attention over their costumes.

Miller had been with the Broncos since being drafted by them No. 2 overall in 2011. He made eight Pro Bowls and helped them win the Super Bowl in the 2015 season.

H/T Egotastic Sports

Jun 1, 2021; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) during organized team activities at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Rams send awesome tweet after Von Miller trade

Von Miller

The Los Angeles Rams bolstered their chances of winning a championship on Sunday with a blockbuster trade, and they wasted no time bragging about it.

The Rams sent a pair of 2022 draft picks to the Denver Broncos in exchange for star pass-rusher Von Miller. After the news broke, they sent an awesome tweet declaring themselves “all in.”

Miller should fit right in with the 7-1 Rams. They already have one of the most dominant defensive fronts in the NFL led by Aaron Donald. Miller, who has 4.5 sacks this season and has regained his form, should have plenty of opportunities to get after the quarterback with Donald constantly drawing double-teams.

Though he seemed to be nearly on the verge of tears after being traded (video here), Miller will likely relish the opportunity to play for one of the best teams in the NFL.

Video: Von Miller fought back tears after trade

Von Miller on the practice field

The Denver Broncos parted ways with one of their best players of the past decade on Monday when they traded Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams, and the star pass-rusher seemed overcome with emotion after the deal was made.

Shortly after he was traded, Miller reflected on his time in Denver during a brief interview with Troy Renck of Denver7. He appeared to fight back tears.

“I’ve been here through the ups and the downs,” Miller said. “It’s always tough whenever you leave. I love all my fans. I love Broncos Country. When I said Broncos for life I meant that. It was an honor and a privilege to play here.”

Miller mentioned several of the legendary players he played with through the years like Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins and Tim Tebow. The list of names was a good reminder of how long he has been with the Broncos.

Miller, 32, was drafted by the Broncos with the No. 2 overall pick in 2011. While he has a better chance to contend now with the Rams, you can understand why he’s emotional after spending the first decade-plus of his career in the same place.

Von Miller traded to Rams from Broncos in blockbuster deal

Von Miller

The Los Angeles Rams have had one of the most feared defensive fronts in the NFL for several years now, and the unit got even scarier on Monday.

The Denver Broncos have traded Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams, Miller’s agent confirmed. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Rams are giving up a 2022 second-round pick and 2022 third-round pick in the deal.

Miller had a down year in 2019 before missing all of 2020 with an ankle injury he suffered before the season began. He has returned to form this season and has 4.5 sacks in seven games. He said making a key change in his life helped him get his game back to where it was a few years ago.

Miller is playing out the final year of a six-year, $114 million contract he signed with the Broncos ahead of the 2016 season. The 32-year-old was viewed as a logical trade candidate heading into Tuesday’s deadline.

With Miller playing alongside Aaron Donald, the 7-1 Rams have made arguably the best team in the NFC even better.

Von Miller credits key change for return to form in 2021

Von Miller

After a down year in 2019 and a lost season in 2020, Von Miller is looking more like himself in 2021. He thinks there’s one key thing he’s done that has helped with that.

Miller said he no longer reads articles and media expectations anymore. The Denver Broncos pass-rusher admitted he used to, and it could get him down at times, and no longer doing so has helped.

When Miller was at his best, social media and news likely wasn’t an issue. After collecting just eight sacks in 2019, however, the criticism began to mount, and it seems to have taken a mental toll on Miller. A season-ending ankle injury cost him all of 2020, but gave him time to regroup.

There was chatter that the Broncos might be done with Miller at the end of last year. Now he has three sacks in two games, and the 32-year-old looks to be back in form.

Von Miller confident in Broncos’ leadership to pull off Aaron Rodgers trade

Von Miller

If Aaron Rodgers is available in a possible trade, Von Miller is confident that his Denver Broncos could make it happen.

Miller participated in the All Star Celebrity Softball Game at Coors Field, which is one of the events that comes with hosting the MLB All-Star Game. The Broncos linebacker was asked by News9’s Mike Klis if he had heard anything about the team acquiring Rodgers, who is dissatisfied with the Packers.

Miller first endorsed Denver’s quarterbacks, Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, before expressing confidence in the front office.

“First and foremost, I’m comfortable with Drew, I’m comfortable with Teddy. G.P. (George Paton) and John Elway, if A-Rod is out there for us to get him, those are the two guys to have on the job.”

Miller noted how Elway has successfully recruited big-time players in the past, like Peyton Manning.

“So if there’s a guy to be had, G.P. and John Elway are the two to put on it, if it can be done.”

Miller said that even if Rodgers is not available, he has complete confidence in Lock and Bridgewater, who have impressed him in camp.

Miller is giving the right answer publicly, but everyone knows the team would be best off with Rodgers. There is no debate about that. Denver has long been viewed as a favorite to land Rodgers. But the Packers do not seem to have any plans to let him go.

Broncos want to bring Von Miller back next season

Von Miller

The Denver Broncos have a decision to make on Von Miller, but they want the linebacker to return next season.

Miller is entering the final year of the 6-year, $114 million contract he signed with the Broncos ahead of the 2016 season. Miller is due to make $17.5 million in base salary for 2021, but the Broncos have the option to bring him back. They have to decide by March 17 whether they want to exercise their option for him. If so, $7 million of his money would become guaranteed.

During the week, new Broncos GM George Paton said the team wants Miller back.

“We want to bring Von back. We’re still working through that. I don’t want to get into everything, but we want to bring him back. The legal process, it’s a serious situation obviously, but we do want Von back,” Paton said.

We learned on Friday that Miller will not face criminal charges for the investigation in which he was involved. That could clear one hurdle towards Denver bringing him back. But the team might want to see if the soon-to-be 32-year-old is willing to take less money than his $22 million cap hit for 2021.

Miller had 46 tackles and eight sacks in 15 games last season. That broke a streak of five straight seasons with double-digit sack totals for the linebacker.