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Statements from Joe Ellis, George Paton, Vic Fangio and John Elway

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STATEMENT FROM BRONCOS PRESIDENT & CEO JOE ELLIS

"Von Miller is a franchise icon who has been a remarkable player for the Denver Broncos over the last 11 years. An All-Decade linebacker and Super Bowl MVP, Von made extraordinary contributions to our team while building a legacy as one of the greatest Broncos of all-time. Off the field, he was our Man of the Year nominee who impacted countless people through his foundation and tremendous personal generosity.

"Von is a special player, a special person and a Bronco for Life. Our entire organization has overwhelming gratitude for what he means to the Broncos and his special connection with our fans. We wish Von the very best and look forward to celebrating his eventual Ring of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions."

STATEMENT FROM BRONCOS GENERAL MANAGER GEORGE PATON

"Von and I had a positive, honest conversation this morning about our team as well as his own future. As I told Von, we wanted to do right not only for the Broncos but also for him personally with everything he has meant to this organization.

"While it's certainly not easy to part ways with a player like Von, this is an opportunity for both our team and for Von as he begins the next chapter of his career.

"Von will forever be a Broncos legend—He's a future Hall of Famer who's been part of so many big wins, record-setting performances and special moments. I'll always be a big fan of his, and I look forward to watching his continued impact in our league.

"As we build this team for sustained success, our mindset does not change: Our goal is to win. I'm confident in the players and our leadership, and we're excited for the second half of the season."

STATEMENT FROM BRONCOS PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS JOHN ELWAY

"Von was the very first draft pick we made back in 2011 at a time when we needed an impact player to turn this team around. There was a lot of pressure on him as the No. 2 overall pick, and he exceeded all of those expectations during 11 great seasons as a Bronco. Von dedicated himself to become an elite, record-setting pass rusher and future Hall of Famer while helping us to one of the winningest periods in team history.

"Von was always at his best when we needed him the most. Our Super Bowl 50 win and playoff run that year would not have been possible without Von turning in one of the most dominant individual performances of all-time.

"Beyond being a great player, I'm proud of how Von grew as a pro on the field and out in the community. He will always be part of the Broncos family. I appreciate all Von did for us and thank him for the tremendous career he had with the Denver Broncos."

STATEMENT FROM BRONCOS HEAD COACH VIC FANGIO

"With everything Von has accomplished as a Bronco and in this league, it was a privilege to coach him for the last three seasons. I have great appreciation for what Von means to the Broncos as a player, teammate and ambassador. It's tough to say goodbye, and I'll miss him personally as he begins this next part of his outstanding career.

"George and I had several conversations as this trade got closer, and we're on the same page with this opportunity. In speaking with our captains and the team today, I told them I believe in our players. Our mindset is to move forward together, improve and win."

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