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Von Miller closed out the season proving there’s still good tread on his tires. There’s a real chance his football ride will continue in Los Angeles.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that there is mutual interest in Miller returning to the Rams. While the future Hall of Famer is expected to command a big payday, Rapoport noted that L.A. intends to do everything it can to bring him back.
The Rams just won’t be the only team making Miller an offer. Ahead of Super Bowl LVI, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the veteran outside linebacker was open to re-signing but wanted to fully explore the open market first. The soon-to-be 33-year-old has never been a free agent before.
His brief time in L.A. has already proven to be mutually beneficial. The Rams traded second- and third-round picks to the Broncos midway through this past season and it paid almost immediate dividends. After working his way back from an ankle injury, Miller recorded five sacks and eight tackles for loss over the final four regular-season games. In the playoffs, he added four more sacks and six tackles for loss while forming a devastating pass-rush duo alongside Aaron Donald.
The Rams couldn’t have more motivation to sign the star defender. A few days after their Super Bowl triumph, Donald addressed retirement rumors by declaring he wanted Miller and Odell Beckham back to ensure his own return.
“We bring everybody back, I’m back,” Donald said.
The best defensive player of the past decade is expected to be either way. Though Donald has not yet firmly committed to playing in 2022, Rapoport reported that the Rams believe he will. They’re taking a proactive approach to secure as much, holding discussions with Donald about a raise despite three years left on his current deal.
Coach Sean McVay called that initiative an “incredibly high priority” earlier this week, along with an extension for Matthew Stafford, adding that he anticipates the two players coordinating with the front office to carve out agreements that will help the franchise remain as competitive as possible.
Rapoport reported that there’s still work to do before Donald’s new deal is finalized, but it’s expected to happen, and it’s created momentum toward his return. That, in turn, creates momentum toward the reigning champs running it back.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, still just 25 years old, says he has room from improvement as opponents start to get a grip on his game. He also has an eye on a Lombardi and a new deal.
The Cardinals don’t plan to tag Chandler Jones. Whether his days in Arizona are done remains to be seen. Ian Rapoport reports that the club is not expected to use its franchise tag on the four-time Pro Bowler.
The Bills announced Saturday that the franchise and St. John Fisher College have agreed to terms on a one-year deal for training camp in the spring of this year.
Though Dennis Allen has moved up to head coach and Kris Richard and Ryan Nielson were named co-defensive coordinators, Allen will call defensive plays and insists “there’s really still one voice and that’s mine.”
Following a subpar showing in the Eagles’ playoff loss, Jalen Hurts was backed by head coach Nick Sirianni, who remains “really confident that Jalen is the guy” who can get Philadelphia back to the postseason.
Aaron Rodgers is preparing to play in 2022. He just isn’t sure where yet.
As Green Bay awaits his decision, the reigning MVP is torn on whether to return to the Packers and is going back and forth on what he wants, NFL Ian Rapoport reports.
The Commanders believe they’re a quarterback away from contention. The Seahawks are not partnering in that pursuit. Washington offered multiple first-round picks for star Russell Wilson, but the proposition didn’t go anywhere, Ian Rapoport reports.
Tyreek Hill could be in line for a pay bump. The Chiefs are working toward a contract extension for the veteran wide receiver, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday.
Despite Joe Schoen’s openness to fielding trade calls on any and every player on the Giants’ roster, Saquon Barkley is not expected to be dealt this offseason. One prominent Giant, however, is slated to be moved.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL NOW at the Combine on Friday that the New England Patriots are not expected to use the franchise tag on J.C. Jackson, meaning the corner is expected to hit free agency.
Cole Beasley could be on a new team for the 2022 NFL season. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Friday that the Bills have given the veteran receiver permission to seek a trade.
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