Nov 2, 2021 - Sports

"Bro wtf": A disappointed Denver reacts as Von Miller exits for L.A.

Linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos

Linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos on Monday agreed to trade linebacker Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams one day ahead of the trade deadline, the Super Bowl 50 MVP confirmed.

Why it matters: "The face of the franchise has been traded," the Denver Post wrote in reaction as distraught Broncos fans watch the team's longest-tenured player get shipped out of town for future considerations.

  • The move means that in less than a year, the Mile High City has lost two of its most marketable athletes, with franchise Rockies player Nolan Arenado traded to the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this year.

What they're saying: "Bro wtf," tweeted Broncos running back Melvin Gordon.

"This was a surprise," Miller, 32, told reporters outside the team facility. "You see [trade rumors] in the media, every year for the last four years, I've seen it. But it's hard to grip with reality sometimes."

  • "This team, they're going to start winning soon. We've got a lot of great players and a lot of great coaches here ... I wanted to be a part of it to fix it, but you've just got to keep moving."

The big picture: The team is trading Miller for second- and third-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's James Palmer report.

  • Miller was John Elway's first draft pick in 2011.
  • The eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker and Broncos' all-time sack leader was in the last year of his six-year, $114.5 million contract.
  • Kicker Brandon McManus is the only remaining player on the Broncos’ roster who played in Super Bowl 50.

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