Von Miller’s seven sacks nets linebacker AFC Defensive Player of the Month
By Johnny Hart
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, in just the month of October alone, earned seven sacks, good enough to best the team season-long total of the St. Louis Rams (6) while tying three other NFL squads –– the Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, and Oakland Raiders.
Miller’s assault on the league’s quarterbacks in October not only helped the Broncos to 4-0 record in the month, but also earned him AFC Player of the Month honors.
It’s the second time Miller’s garnered the monthly award; he also earned the honor in November 2012 with eight sacks and three forced fumbles.
It’s just the second Denver player to win Player of the Month more than once, joining Champ Bailey, who won the award in November 2005 and October 2006.
On the year, Miller’s collected nine sacks, good enough for second in the NFL behind Kansas City’s Justin Houston (10).
He also owns the league’s longest current sack streak, having brought down the quarterback at least once in the last six games.
Report: Despite interest from teams, former Broncos CB Champ Bailey retires
By Johnny Hart
It seems Champ Bailey, the former Denver Broncos cornerback known for quieting opponents best receivers, has one more thing to shut down –– his career.
After more than a decade and a half in the NFL, media reports indicate that Bailey will forego the interests of a handful of interested clubs and instead retired from profession football.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter first reported Bailey’s impending retirement:
According to Schefter
, Bailey’s agent, Jack Reale, said two playoff-contending teams had interest in signing the 12-time Pro Bowler, but that the veteran defensive back had more interest in moving on with his next career venture.
Following the blockbuster trade that sent Broncos running back Clinton Portis to the Washington Redskins, Bailey spent a decade in Denver before being released by the club this offseason.
Bailey would earn eight of his 12 Pro Bowl selections while in Denver –– tied for second most all time –– along with all three of his first-team All-Pro selections.
In 2013, Bailey would miss much of the regular season with a nagging foot injury. Following his one, and only, Super Bowl appearance, Bailey was released by the Broncos in March.
Bailey did suit up for New Orleans during training camp but failed to make the Saints 53-man roster.
His 15-year career ranks among Pro Football Reference 50 best in terms of Approximate Value,
and Bailey leaves the game tied for 26th all time in career interceptions with 52.