According to Mike Klis of 9NEWS, Denver Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller has been dismissed from the NFL's drug program.
Miller has been getting tested multiple times a week for the past two years but has never tested positive for anything. Now because he has stayed clean for this long he is now completely out of the drug program.
This is great news for the Broncos and Von Miller. Now the shadow of another failed drug test suspending him for the year is gone. Also, when Miller and his agent begin negotiations for his next contract, the linebacker would be considered no more risk of a drug suspension than anyone else.
Kansas City's edge rusher Justin Houston is the league's highest-paid linebacker with a six-year, $101 million contract that averages out to $16.83 million a year. Look for Miller and his agent to now look for something close or more than likely a deal higher than that one.
Miller's agent Joby Branion is proud of Miller.
"I'm very proud of how much he has grown over the past couple of years," Branion said. "He's done a heckuva job and overcome some major obstacles that few players are able to do. And for a high-profile guy, it's especially difficult. For him to not only grow, but to proactively take on leadership roles, I'm proud of him. He turned the ship around. He should be lauded for that."
Von seems like the happiest player at Broncos training camp right now. He's skipping around, energetic, he gets the crowd going during practice, and now his life is back on track.
I told this to Von Miller earlier today, but in eight years, I have never seen a player happier to be going through camp than Miller is now.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) August 2, 2015
I really do believe Miller is in for a big year this year. Many edge rushers have had great success in Wade Phillips defense, Von is the healthiest he has been in a few years, and now he's out of the league's drug program. Von can now focus on just football.
Defensive player of the year? the sack record? maybe even MVP? I think this all very possible for the Broncos edge rusher this year.
It should be a fun year full of plenty funky Von Miller sack dances.