Broncos Pick Up Miller's Fifth-Year Option
God is Great! I love it here, wouldn't want to be anywhere else, anxious to get back on the field! #blessed TBE GOAT pic.twitter.com/8dPX3FRaZH— Von Miller (@Millerlite40) May 2, 2014
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The Broncos have picked up the fifth-year option on Von Miller, keeping him in Denver through 2015.
Miller, rehabbing from an ACL injury that ended his 2013 campaign last December, is the first player in Broncos history to earn a Pro Bowl selection in each of his first two +NFL seasons.
"You want to just wake up and push through it, but it's not one of those things," Miller said. "You've just got to be patient and grind and let your body heal. Everybody's body is different. It just depends on how your body is reacting to the rehab. It's just something that you can't rush. You've got to take your time with it."
Miller said his recovery has gone well so far. He has been running for the past two weeks and has constantly been focusing on the muscles around his injured knee -- "the thighs, quads, abs -- all the muscles that stabilize your body."
While he doesn't want to set a strict timetable, he said his recovery is currently ahead of schedule. And though he won't force anything, his goal is to play in every game -- starting with Week 1.
And he's anxious to get on the field with the Broncos' newest pass-rusher, defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
"It's a true blessing. I think it will be great. He's been a leader, he's been consistent for the last nine, 10 years he's been in the league, and I think that he still has a ton of football left," Miller said. "I'm looking forward to his leadership in the locker room, I'm looking forward to him just being healthy and him not just having to do everything on defense, because the Broncos have done a great job of getting big-time players in this year and I'm anxious to get back on the field and play with those guys."
From ATL +NFL.comMore on the #Broncos picking up Von Miller's fifth-year option: http://t.co/iioKO9Mz0i pic.twitter.com/Qt0eCP8Ei4— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 1, 2014
"The Denver Broncos have picked up the fifth-year option on linebacker Von Miller. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Thursday that Miller's 2015 option is worth $9.754 million, according to a team source. Miller is the seventh of the top 10 picks from the 2011 draft to have their fifth-year option exercised."
Von Miller's option for 2015 is worth $9.754 million. That makes seven of the top 10 picks from '11 that have had the option picked up.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 1, 2014
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The Broncos' decision is not a surprise, though Miller is coming off a traumatic year during which he served a suspension for performance-enhancing drug use and suffered a torn ACL late in the regular season.
The second-overall pick in the 2011 draft, Miller won Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and followed that up with a monster 2012 campaign in which he compiled 18.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and one interception.
The Broncos have spoken positively about both Miller's knee rehab and maturity in recent months. Thursday's decision was a no-brainer, and a clear sign they believe Miller will get back to being one of the league's best players.
+BRONCOS CR3W has been waiting on signals about working out deals with the Thomas' beasts. This allows just that. Elway said this offseason that he believes Miller, who turned 25 recently, has matured and needs to put last year behind him.
What was clear at a recent appearance for his foundation is that Miller's frame is back to what it was in 2011 and '12 before he bulked up to 270 pounds last season, 24 more than what it was when the Broncos made him the second overall pick out of Texas A&M in 2011.
Miller said he's down to about 250 pounds and he said he's aiming to return to the field this summer so he can play in all 16 regular season games. He also said he's hoping not only to return to his old form but surpass it.
"I mean, I'm 25 years old. I'm hoping that my coming years are better than my first two," he said.
With Miller under contract for two more years, the Broncos can turn their attention to working out long-term deals with two of their rising offensive stars: wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas, both of whom can become unrestricted free agents after the 2014 season.