By Miller couldn’t have had a better debut with the Bills. The edge rusher made four tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss in Buffalo’s impressive season-opening rout of the Rams.
Cowboys Twitter immediately went into overdrive, thinking about what could have been.
After the Cowboys lost an edge rusher Randy Gregory in free agency this spring, they showed interest in Miller. Miller grew up a huge Cowboys fan in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, which is 25 miles from AT&T Stadium.
Miller said he’s willing to give the Cowboys a “hometown discount.” But the Cowboys reportedly offered him the same five-year, $70 million deal they offered Gregory, which included two guaranteed years.
Miller, 33, also had an offer with two guaranteed years from the Rams.
He received a six-year, $120 million deal with the Bills that includes $51.4 million guaranteed in the first three years.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones was asked Friday if he would be sorry 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 playing at that level and especially this early there’s a lot of school about older guys like that when you really get those guys are more for the playoffs than the first part, middle of the season. Now, granted, I’m sure there was some incentive for Von to play for the Rams and win a Super Bowl to go out there and show what he’s all about. There’s a lot of players that if there was unlimited cap space that you could do things with, but that it wasn’t a short-term, one-year deal. It was a long-term deal, and we had to not only look at what we’re doing this year, but look at what’s coming to us here in a year or two. There just made a conscious decision that we want to go with the direction we’ve been going.”
Miller, who has a 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 signed instead Dante Fowler in free agency, and he will support Dorance Armstrong on the contrary DeMarcus Lawrence. Armstrong, Fowler and Lawrence combined for 91 career sacks, although a linebacker Micah Parsons had 13 sacks last season in earning NFL defensive rookie of the year honors.