The Denver Broncos announced Thursday that they have picked up the fifth-year option for linebacker Von Miller, keeping the Pro Bowler in Denver through the 2015 season.
Miller, a former Defensive Rookie of the Year, is the first player in Broncos history to earn a Pro Bowl selection in each of his first two NFL seasons.
Miller, who is rehabbing from an ACL injury that ended his 2013 season, is the Broncos single-season sack leader.
Miller is being patient with his recovery, but said his recovery is currently ahead of schedule.
“You want to just wake up and push through it, but it’s not one of those things,” Miller said. “You’ve just got to be patient and grind and let your body heal. Everybody’s body is different. It just depends on how your body is reacting to the rehab. It’s just something that you can’t rush. You’ve got to take your time with it.”
Miller’s goal is to be on the field with DeMarcus Ware, the Broncos newest pass-rusher, in Week 1.
“It’s a true blessing. I think it will be great. He’s been a leader, he’s been consistent for the last nine, 10 years he’s been in the league, and I think that he still has a ton of football left,” Miller said. “I’m looking forward to his leadership in the locker room, I’m looking forward to him just being healthy and him not just having to do everything on defense, because the Broncos have done a great job of getting big-time players in this year and I’m anxious to get back on the field and play with those guys.”
Broncos have formally picked up 5th-year option on Von Miller’s contract. Would pay him $9.754 million in 2015. http://t.co/3H93t9zKqo
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) May 1, 2014