Von Miller joined the Buffalo Bills this off-season when the two sides agreed to a six-year $120 million contract, with three years and $51.4 million fully guaranteed.
The surprising thing is that the Los Angeles Rams, who Miller won the Super Bowl with last season, actually offered him a higher average annual salary.
According to The Athletic, the Rams’ offer would have paid him more on an annual basis. However, the deal breaker was they were only willing to fully guarantee two years.
The Rams had a deal on the table that would have paid more per year on a three-year contract but with only two years guaranteed instead. At Miller’s age, that extra year guaranteed by the Bills meant something. He couldn’t turn it down.
Miller turned 33 this off-season. He is definitely on the back half of his career, so that one extra year of guaranteed money clearly meant a lot to him.
The Bills are the betting favorites to win this year’s Super Bowl, but they will have to go through a loaded AFC just to get to the big game. If they can pull it off, Miller would have won three Super Bowls with three different franchises, something only two players have ever accomplished before, Matt Millen and Kenjon Barner.