John Elway on possibly trading Von Miller: ‘We have to look at all the possibilities’

Former Broncos offensive lineman Mark Schlereth was scoffed at on Twitter earlier this week when he suggested the team should trade outside linebacker Von Miller.

Though such a move would not go over well in Broncos Country, the suggestion may not be as farfetched as we originally thought.

“I think we’re going to visit all that,” general manager John Elway said during his end-of-season press conference on Dec. 31 when asked if the team will consider trading Miller. “I think we have to look at all the possibilities and get an evaluation of that.”

Elway certainly didn’t rule out the possibility of trading Miller, but he also talked about the linebacker playing under the team’s new coach.

“We’re trying to evaluate what went on and then find solutions,” Elway said. “One of the solutions is that we’re going to need our core guys to play better. Von, he had a good year this year.

“Can Von play better? Yeah, I think Von can play better. That’s part of the new thing when that comes in with the next coach.”

The Oakland Raiders traded edge defender Khalil Mack, a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick to the Chicago Bears in exchange for two first-round picks, a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick last offseason.

Miller is nearly two years older than Mack but Denver could likely get similar draft capital for him in a trade. And while it seems unlikely that the Broncos would actually move on from Miller, it’s worth noting that Elway did not shoot down the question right away.

Miller is set to earn a base salary of $17 million in 2019 and salaries of $17.5 million in 2020 and 2021 before becoming a free agent in 2022. The 29-year-old edge defender recorded 14.5 sacks in 2018.

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