Von Miller Is on Pace to Shatter Denver Broncos' All-Time Sack Record

Jon HeathContributor IMarch 29, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 11:  Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos at Cowboys Stadium on August 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Lost in the hubbub of defensive end Elvis Dumervil agreeing to sign with the Baltimore Ravens over the weekend was the fact that Dumervil was just one sack away from moving into third on Denver's all-time sack list (as was pointed out by @IAOFM on Twitter). 

With 63.5 sacks, Dumervil was a half sack away from passing Trevor Pryce (64) and moving closer to Karl Mecklenburg (79) and Simon Fletcher (97.5) on Denver's all-time sack list.  Now in a new city with a new number, Dumervil won't get the chance to break any franchise records in Denver.

Third-year outside linebacker Von Miller is a different story.

A Texas A&M product, Miller has recorded 30 sacks since being drafted second overall by the Broncos in 2011.  At his current pace of 15 sacks a season, it will take Miller just four-and-a-half more seasons to pass Fletcher with 98 career sacks.

Miller is on track to break Denver's all-time sack record during the 2017 season, assuming he stays healthy and in Denver. The four-year contract that Miller signed as a rookie will keep him in Denver through the 2014 season, and the team will probably extend his deal before it expires.

Von has been out-performing his $21 million contract since Year 1 and continuing to average 15 sacks a season is within his reach.  As a rookie, Miller notched 11.5 sacks.  Last season, he broke a franchise record with 18.5 sacks.

If he continues to play at such a high level, Miller will easily top Denver's all-time sack list before his career is done.  At his current pace, Miller can break Bruce Smith's all-time record of 200 sacks by playing 11 more seasons.

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