Cowboys VP answers whether team regrets not signing Von Miller
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Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys made "a conscientious decision" not to sign Von Miller this offseason. After the Cowboys lost star pass rusher Randy Gregory, they showed interest in signing Miller.
But three-time first-team All-Pro pass rusher Mille ended up signing with the Buffalo Bills. On Thursday, Miller shined in his Bills debut as he recorded four tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss in his team's 31-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
Cowboys fans weren't happy and Jones was asked if the Cowboys had any regrets about not signing Miller. “Von Miller is a great football player,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via Mark Lane of WFAA. “I mean, you see them play at that level and especially this early there is a lot of school of thought on older guys like that that when you really get those guys are for more so for the playoffs than it is for the first part, middle of the season.
Now, granted, I’m sure there was a little bit of motivation for Von playing for the Rams and winning a Super Bowl to go out there and showcase what he’s all about. There is a lot of players that if there was unlimited cap space that you could do things, but that 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 is going to be coming at us here in a year or two. Just made a conscientious decision there that we wanted to go with the direction that we went”.
Miller was 'ready' to sign with the Cowboys
Miller grew up a Cowboys fan and he was certainly interested in signing with the Cowboys. But the Cowboys' offer of five years, $70 million - with two years guaranteed - wasn't satisfying for Miller.
After signing with the Bills, Miller said he was ready to sign with the Cowboys and claimed he was willing to give them a discount. “I told them I was ready to come to the Cowboys,” Miller said. “I would have taken less to go to Dallas because it’s Dallas.
But I wouldn’t take that much less." In the end, Miller signed a six-year, $120 million deal with the Bills. That deal included three guaranteed years.