Broncos Notes: Miller, Paton, Lock

Broncos LB Von Miller is the subject of a criminal investigation in Parker, CO, as Mike Klis of was among those to report (via Twitter). Parker police would not comment on the nature of the investigation, though a report from FOX 31 suggests that it pertains to domestic abuse allegations levied against Miller by his ex-fiancée. The Broncos issued a statement indicating they are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering more info.

According to Adam Schefter of, a decision on whether charges will be filed will not be made for several weeks. Obviously, any allegations of domestic violence are serious and outweigh any on-field concerns, but Miller’s future with the Broncos was already in doubt. He missed the entire 2020 campaign due to an ankle injury, and though he earned Pro Bowl honors in 2019, his eight sacks that year marked a career low (aside from a five-sack effort in 2013, when he played in just nine games).

Klis reports in a full-length piece that the Broncos will ask Miller to take a pay cut. The soon-to-be 32-year-old is due a $17.5MM base salary in 2021 — the last year of his current contract — but carries a $22.225MM cap charge due to an earlier restructure. Denver could release him and create $18MM in cap space, and given that Miller is unlikely to earn $17.5MM on the open market, he may be amenable to a reduction in pay. If the domestic allegations are substantiated, he can definitely bank on a suspension.

Now for more from the Mile High City:

  • In the same piece linked above, Klis examines the most pressing questions for new GM George Paton. Paton and HC Vic Fangio will report to John Elway in the team’s revamped power structure, but Paton will have control over personnel matters. One of his first orders of business — aside from the Miller issue — will be to sort out the Broncos’ QB situation. Veteran signal-callers like Matthew Stafford and Deshaun Watson may or may not be available on the trade market, and even if a blockbuster trade doesn’t happen, Klis expects Paton to bring in legitimate competition for incumbent passer Drew Lock. Paton will also have the No. 9 overall pick at his disposal.
  • The contract situation of safety Justin Simmons will need to be addressed as well. Simmons and the Broncos were unable to come to terms on a multi-year contract last offseason, so the newly-minted Pro Bowler played out the 2020 season under a $11.4MM franchise tag. Klis suggests that Simmons could adjust his asking price on a long-term deal given the expected decrease in the 2021 salary cap, and he also says a second tag — worth about $13.7MM — could be in play.
  • Saints vice president of pro personnel Terry Fontenot was the runner-up to Paton in the Broncos’ GM hunt, as Klis tweets. Denver was able to convince Paton — who had been a hot GM candidate for years — to finally leave Minnesota, but the club was certainly impressed by Fontenot, who is now said to be the Falcons’ top choice for their GM vacancy.
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6 comments on “Broncos Notes: Miller, Paton, Lock

  1. bradthebluefish

    Broncos prove the importance of having a franchise QB. Though, at the same time, I think they were wrong to give up on Case Keenum so quickly.

    • crosseyedlemon

      The Broncos won a championship in 2015 with QBs that had passer ratings of 67.9 (Manning) and 86.4 (Osweiler) so what did that prove?

      • wagner13

        It proved the only way to win without a quarterback is to have an absolutely loaded defense and a postseason in which everything goes perfectly. Besides the Ravens winning in 2000 with Trent Dilfer, this is a clear outlier. Besides, that formula is not sustainable: Denver went just 9-7 the following season before falling apart. I’m not denying a defensive-oriented team can’t win, but they are much more volatile. Another example would be the 2006 Bears that literally lost the Superbowl because Rex Grossman turned the ball over too many times. That team went 7-9 the following season

  2. Ak185

    Ehhh I don’t know anything about the domestic investigation, but as far as the “full length” piece goes, I can just say that Mike Klis is very comfortable reporting gossip-or more accurately, his own unsubstantiated opinions.

    Miller certainly will be asked to take paycut, I do not dispute that. I would just be very cautious taking any details reported by Klis as stone cold fact.

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