One of the top priorities for the Los Angeles Rams going into the offseason was re-signing outside linebacker Von Miller after the important role he played in helping the team win Super Bowl LVI.
The Rams acquired Miller from the Denver Broncos at the NFL trade deadline and he went on to record five sacks in eight games, forming an unstoppable duo with Aaron Donald.
While there was mutual interest in getting a deal done, Miller ultimately signed a six-year, $120 million contract with the Buffalo Bills. The eight-time Pro Bowler said it was hard to walk away from the Rams, but couldn’t resist passing up the opportunity to join another team that is on the rise.
Miller shared a behind the scenes look of his free agency process, revealing which teams showed interest in him and how he came to his decision, via his YouTube channel:
At the beginning of free agency, the Rams were the first team to make Miller an offer. By the end of the legal tampering period, the Bills and Cleveland Browns entered the mix.
Around that same time, Miller received a phone call from Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who tried recruiting him to Buffalo. Miller knew at that point he would choose between the Rams or Bills.
After talking to his agent and father, Miller made the decision to join Buffalo. The first person Miller called to share the news was Rams head coach Sean McVay, telling him it was one of the most difficult choices of his life.
Even without Miller in the picture, the Rams’ defense still projects to be strong next season. McVay recently confirmed Aaron Donald will be returning and the team signed longtime Seattle Seahawks inside linebacker Bobby Wagner.