The Buffalo Bills added Von Miller in free agency in what was a huge move to bolster an already potent defense. It turns out, however, that the move nearly didn't come to fruition. Miller revealed that he was actually on the verge of accepting a contract from the Dallas Cowboys, going as far as to admit that he was willing to take a pay cut to play for America's Team. When push came to shove, however, the offer the Cowboys submitted wasn't sufficient for Miller, who rejected it in favor of Buffalo's six-year, $120 million deal.
Via Dan Pompei of The Athletic, Miller revealed the conversations he had with the Cowboys ahead of his bombshell decision to join the Bills. Miller indicated that while he did inform Dallas he'd take less money to play at AT&T Stadium, the deal he received from the Cowboys was the same one they offered to Randy Gregory — five years, $70 million with just years of the contract being guaranteed.
“I told them I was ready to come to the Cowboys,” Miller says. “I would have taken less to go to Dallas because it’s Dallas. But I wouldn’t take that much less.”
While the veteran linebacker was open to reducing his salary to join the Cowboys, a pay reduction of $6 million annually was too much for him. His current deal with the Bills sees him pocket $20 million per season, while under the offer the Cowboys submitted, he would earn $14 million annually. He'll collect $50 million more throughout the life of his contract in Buffalo than he would have in Dallas.
After winning a Super Bowl with the Rams this past season, Miller is now looking to help the Bills make a deep playoff run of their own in 2022.