Von Miller Was 'Ready' to Sign Cowboys Contract in FA; I 'Would Have Taken Less'

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJuly 7, 2022

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Superstar pass-rusher Von Miller divulged Thursday that he had significant interest in signing with the Dallas Cowboys in free agency before ultimately signing with the Buffalo Bills.

In an interview with Dan Pompei of The Athletic, Miller mentioned a conversation he had with the Cowboys brass in free agency, saying: "I told them I was ready to come to the Cowboys. I would have taken less to go to Dallas because it's Dallas. But I wouldn't take that much less."

Miller was referring to the five-year, $70 million contract that pass-rusher Randy Gregory initially accepted to re-sign with the Cowboys before reneging and signing with the Denver Broncos instead.

Rather than taking the same offer the Cowboys gave to Gregory, Miller signed a six-year, $120 million megadeal with Buffalo.

The 33-year-old Miller is a DeSoto, Texas, native who played his college football at Texas A&M, so it comes as little surprise that playing for the Cowboys may have been a dream for him.

Signing him might have been a dream scenario of sorts for the Cowboys as well after they lost a key member of their pass rush in Gregory.

Miller has firmly established himself as a future Hall of Famer, having earned eight Pro Bowl nods and three first-team All-Pro selections.

He is also a two-time Super Bowl champion, winning Super Bowl 50 MVP as a member of the Denver Broncos and playing a huge role in the Los Angeles Rams' win over the Cincinnati Bengals in last season's Super Bowl.

Additionally, the 2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year has 115.5 career sacks, placing him 22nd on the all-time list (since 1982) with plenty of football left for him to play.

Miller spent parts of the first 11 years of his career with the Broncos before getting traded to the Rams last season and making an instant impact.

Many expected him to re-sign with the Rams because of how well he meshed with superstar defensive tackle Aaron Donald, but Miller will attempt to win a Super Bowl with a third different team in Buffalo.

The Bills are on the precipice, having achieved three consecutive playoff berths and two consecutive AFC East titles in addition to reaching the AFC Championship Game two seasons ago.

As for the Cowboys, they won the NFC East last year but are coming off another disappointing season because of a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Wild Card Round.

The Cowboys are returning a top pass-rusher in DeMarcus Lawrence, selected Sam Williams in the second round of the 2022 draft and signed Dante Fowler Jr., but their inability to ink Miller means they are lacking a true game-changing presence off the edge.


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