The second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft has been given a chance to prove himself as a player.
The Denver Broncos have decided to exercise the fifth-year option on their star linebacker Von Miller. Due to the CBA rules, all players drafted in the first round have this option. What this move means to the Broncos is that it gives them time to make a deal happen if Miller can prove himself in the next couple years. This also helps the Broncos with all the pending free agency players set to hit the market after the season ends.
Deciding to exercise the option on Miller is a smart move by the team, especially when it comes to finances. However, this is also a chance for Miller to prove that last year was just a fluke. He will be coming off of an ACL injury he suffered towards the end of the regular season. Add on the six-game suspension that he served during the beginning of the season and he was mostly a non factor in 2013. He did really well in his first two years in the league, but will need to become a force on the Broncos defense when he returns in 2014.
Having a key player step up this year along with all the defensive upgrades they have gotten by free agency will make the Broncos defense the force that it once was. The defense was solid in 2012 so they are hoping they can repeat that this year. If Miller hopes to get paid for his performance that he provided in his first two years, he will have to put 2013 in the past and play like the second overall pick.