The Buffalo Bills have been active this offseason, primarily on defense. On Wednesday, they really hit a home run, landing future Hall of Fame defensive lineman Von Miller. The Bills reportedly inked Miller to a six-year, $120 million deal. After the news broke, Miller took to Instagram to share a message with Bills fans.
Von Miller is headed to the Buffalo Bills on a 6-year, $120 million deal
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“It's been crazy man, crazy four hours… been going back and forth, a lot of things I love in LA but I wanted to let you know, I'm coming to Buffalo. Bills Mafia, what's good?”
This marks one of the biggest free agent signings in Bills history. Miller is coming off another productive year when many people thought his best days were behind him. In November, the defensive star was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams. Over the course of the season, Miller finished with nine and a half sacks. He really turned it on in the post season, dominating Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offensive line in the divisional round. Then in the Super Bowl, Miller racked up two more sacks, helping earn him another huge payday.
So, let's take a look at some bold predictions for Von Miller with the Bills in 2022.
3 Bold Predictions for Von Miller with Bills in 2022
3. Von Miller Earns His Keep
Miller proved this past season that he still has a lot left in the tank. He was particularly impressive as the season wound down for the Rams. Miller now joins a defense that not only was ranked #1 in the NFL overall, but led a wide array of statistical categories.
.@VonMiller is joining a @BuffaloBills defense that did this in 2021:
PPG allowed: 17 (1st in NFL)
Total YPG: 272.8 (1st in NFL)
Pass YPG: 163.0 (1st in NFL)
3rd Down %: 30.8 (1st in NFL)
Opp Passer Rating: 65.3 (1st in NFL) pic.twitter.com/zm9F0liB1b
— NFL (@NFL) March 16, 2022
Buffalo's defense led the league in points allowed, total yards allowed, passing yards allowed, third down percentage and opponents passer rating. That is incredibly impressive. However, in the divisional round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bills pass rush was put to the test. They failed the test.
Albeit, the Bills got pressure from time to time on Patrick Mahomes, they were unable to ever get him on the ground. That proved to be a major problem as the game unfolded as the Chiefs offense could not be stopped.
Enter Von Miller. He has built a Hall of Fame resume doing exactly that, bringing the quarterback to the ground. Next season, I would expect him to do that frequently again. He might not be paired with a player like Aaron Donald, but he will be playing alongside an elite defensive unit altogether. That should allow to feast while playing from ahead often.
2. Miller Makes a Difference in the Postseason
As I mentioned above, the Bills were really missing a pass rusher who can take the quarterback down in the playoffs. Buffalo is the prohibited favorite to win the AFC East in 2022. Knowing how competitive both the AFC North and AFC West will be, it's possibly the Bills earn home-field this season.
Whoever they end up playing in the playoffs, more than likely they will be facing an elite quarterback. The AFC is loaded at that position, probably more now than at any point in NFL history.
The Chiefs have Mahomes. The Chargers have Justin Herbert. The Broncos have Russell Wilson. The Raiders have Derek Carr, and that's only the west. Never mind the fact that Joe Burrow will be one more year experienced and Lamar Jackson and the Ravens can't possibly be as injury stricken. So, the ability to get to the passer is vital.
That's why most of those teams have made splashes of their own, a la Khalil Mack, Randy Gregory and Chandler Jones.
1. Ultimately the Signing Proves to be Foolhardy
I know, I know, calling this move foolhardy after everything we just went through seems absurd. But this is why. As much as I like this Bills roster, which I like a lot. As much as I believe Von Miller brings a championship pedigree to a team lacking that killer instinct, which he does. The odds are still stacked against the Bills.
The AFC is so deep, it's hard to predict any one team to come out of the conference. If Buffalo has to go through let's say, the Chargers, Chiefs and then Bengals, that's a tall task. And that would only get them to the Super Bowl. Winning it is another matter entirely.
The only way this deal was worth it is if Buffalo wins a championship. The deeper into Miller's contract the Bills go, the worse it will be. Miller turns 33 years old in 10 days. There is a very good chance in two to three years, the Bills are buying him out of this contract as his prime will be long gone.