There is money and taxes. Sacks and offsides.
These are parallel entities that intersect in abundance in the world of Von Miller.
Two seasons into his $114.1 contract extension that set a record among NFL defensive players, Miller has grossed $41.6 million in salary and bonuses. At an estimated 40 percent tax rate, he never saw roughly $16.6 million that was taken by the government.
Follow along here. Miller picked up his eighth sack last Sunday against Philadelphia. He also was flagged twice for offsides, as he has taken to trying and time the snap count.
“I look at it like taxes,’’ Miller said in his humorous way. “I’m going to get it. The sacks are going to come. The false starts and the offsides are like taxes for those. You have to pay taxes. I would like to keep my taxes minimal. I don’t like to have two a game. Probably one every three games would be cool, but two a game is just not good.’’
Von vs. Brady
Miller has had some of his best games against the Patriots. Counting playoffs, he has 7.5 sacks, an interception and a touchdown off a fumble return in eight games against New England.
Yes, there is something about going up against Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady that gets Miller’s juices flowing.
“He’s the G.O.A.T.,’’ Miller said, referring to the acronym for greatest of all time. “I mean I’m going against the G.O.A.T. There’s two different types of emotions you can have going against the best. You can have the emotion of, ‘Oh man, this guy’s great. He’s going to do this or he’s going to do that. You go into the game expecting that or you can have that emotion like, ‘I’m going against the best, I’m going to go out here and I’m going to play lights out so I can show everybody what we’re about and show everybody that we are great, too. That has been my mentality since 2011 when I came into the National Football League and we played with Tim Tebow versus the Patriots here. We have a great team and I’m excited to go out here. That is the mentality I have had every single time I play the Patriots.”
Wolfe, Anderson miss practice
Defensive end Derek Wolfe sat out practice Thursday with a sore neck and running back C.J. Anderson was sent home after he fell ill.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said he expected both to play Sunday night against New England.
Broncos receiver will play in his 100th consecutive game Sunday and make his 89th consecutive start. The start streak is the most among active receivers.
Which is an especially impressive streak considering Thomas seems to come up limping at least twice a game with all the shots he takes to his legs.
“Everybody thinks I’m playing but it’s for real,’’ said Thomas, who has 535 catches during his 88-game starting streak that began with Game 1 of the 2012 season. “Every time I get hit it’s in my legs. It’s always bothered me. I’ve (previously) had a torn Achilles, I broke my foot, I’ve busted my hip. I’m bothered in my knees and everybody keeps hitting me in my knees.
“I just wish they would hit me in my chest and I wouldn’t have to worry about getting hit in my legs all the time.’’