Von Miller

Von Miller’s modified contract enables the Bills to make a playoff run in 2023 — but it’s also a big risk

Make or Break Year for the Bills in 2023

The Buffalo Bills appear to have a make or break year coming in 2023.  

They have been consistently been one of the best teams in the NFL but it hasn’t always translated to wins in either the postseason or close football games.  Since 2019, the Bills are 4-4 in the post season and 12-14 in one score games in the regular season.  With Jordan Poyer returning and Von Miller’s contract hit for 2024, this could be Buffalo’s last true shot at getting over the hump.

Von Miller is a first-ballot Hall of Famer but turns 34 next week and his cap hit is $24 million in 2024 with “dead” cap hit of 32.5 million if cut. 

He’s also coming off of an ACL injury – his second in that knee and it’s not yet known if he’ll return for the regular season opener.

The restructuring of his contract is a gamble if the Bills don’t win in 2023.  

Miller’s injury hit Buffalo extremely hard a season ago and drafting a solid pass rusher could take pressure off of Miller in the upcoming season.

The Bills also must find a more balanced offense as well.  

Trading for a slot receiver such as Las Vegas Raiders standout Hunter Renfrow or resigning Devin Singletary at running back could be steps taken.  Singletary stats in 2022 proved he could be an every down back in a more balanced setting.

Poyer and linebacker Matt Milano are their biggest signings to date.  

They did sign Guard Connor McGovern to shore up a spotty offensive line but they do have a pressing need at getting a solid pass rusher and a creating a more balanced offense for Josh Allen.  

Jordan Poyer’s return may be short-lived  The Bills must take a step forward in 2023 or many people could start asking if this team has what it takes to not just be a contender but a proven winner.