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3 Von Miller trade destinations before Tuesday’s trade deadline

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The Denver Broncos are 3-4 and in third place in the AFC West, heading for their sixth-straight year without a playoff berth. For an eight-time Pro Bowl edge rusher such as Von Miller, such failures won’t cut it.

After reaching the top of the pinnacle, winning the Super Bowl in 2015, Miller could be growing tired of the same losing act. With the November 2 trade deadline looming, and plenty of contending teams in need of improving their pass-rush, Von Miller will surely be a trade target of many organizations.

Here are three teams who could trade for Miller before the deadline.

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Cincinnati Bengals find a way to trade for Von Miller

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos
Nov 19, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Andre Smith (71) defends against Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Taking the league by surprise, the Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the best teams in the NFL this season, led by young star quarterback Joe Burrow and a swarming defense. The Bengals are top-five in sacks per game thanks to strong early performances from Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard.

With a legitimate chance to win the AFC North for the first time since 2015, the Bengals shouldn’t hesitate to be buyers at the deadline. Sure, you could argue their bigger weakness lies along the offensive line, but if an elite talent like Miller could be had, the Bengals would be foolish not to place a call, even if the Broncos may be reluctant to deal him inside the AFC conference.

Arizona Cardinals replace J.J. Watt with Von Miller

NFL: Preseason-Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos
Aug 29, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) hi-fives fans as he leaves the field after the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Here we have one of the best teams in the NFL who’s just coming off a tough loss to the Green Bay Packers. While they remain one of the top teams in the league, the defense suffered a major loss, when J.J. Watt was ruled out for the rest of the season. Without Watt, the Arizona Cardinals could look outside the organization as they attempt to compensate for his loss.

With Vance Joseph being the team’s defensive coordinator, the Cardinals could appeal to Miller more than any other situation. From 2017-18, Joseph was Miller’s head coach with the Broncos. Having that familiarity could work wonders for Cardinals’ general manager Steve Keim if they have an interest in acquiring the NFL’s active career sack leader.

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Dallas Cowboys add one of the most accomplished pass-rushers in the NFL

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos
Sep 17, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) greets Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) after the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are the strongest team in the NFC East and with Dak Prescott locked in for the next four seasons, they’ll likely remain competitive for a while. One area they have struggled in recent years is on defense. This season, with DeMarcus Lawrence missing time, the Cowboys are in the bottom-five in sacks per game.

If Von Miller is truly available, what better way for the Cowboys to improve their pass-rush than by adding a player with 110.5 career sacks? Miller is even a Texas native and grew up a fan of the local team. I’d be willing to bet, that if Miller wants out of Denver after ten NFL seasons, he’d go to his agent and request a trade to the Cowboys.