Von Miller couldn’t have had a better first season with the Bills. The edge rusher had four tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss in the Rams’ impressive season opener in Buffalo.
Cowboys Twitter immediately went into overdrive wondering what could have been.
After the Cowboys lost cornerback Randy Gregory in free agency this spring, they expressed interest in Miller. Miller grew up a huge Cowboys fan base in Dallas DeSoto, about 25 miles from AT&T Stadium.
Miller said he was willing to make a “hometown offer” to the Cowboys. But the Cowboys offered Gregory the same five-year, $70 million deal that included two guaranteed years.
Miller, 33, also had an offer with two guaranteed years from the Rams.
He received a six-year, $120 million contract with the Bills, with $51.4 million guaranteed in the first three years.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones was asked Friday if he had any regrets after seeing what Miller did Thursday night.
“Von Miller is a great football player,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via WFAA’s Mark Lane. “I mean, you see them play at that level, and there’s a lot of education in seniors like this, especially early on. When you get it right, those guys are more involved in the game than they were in the first half of the season. Now, granted, I’m sure Vaughn will play for the Rams and win the Super Bowl. I’m sure there was a little motivation to go out there and show what he’s got. There’s a lot of players who can do things if there’s unlimited cap space, but that wasn’t a short-term, one-year deal. We had to look at what might happen to us.
Miller, who has one Super Bowl ring with the Broncos and another with the Rams, has 117.5 career sacks. That ranks 31st in NFL history and first among active players.
The Cowboys instead signed Dante Fowler in free agency, and he’ll back up Dorance Armstrong opposite DeMarcus Lawrence. Armstrong, Fowler and Lawrence combined for 91 career sacks, although linebacker Micah Parsons had 13 sacks last season, winning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.