Invoice legend Bruce Smith recount TMZ Sports he played a role in bringing Von Miller to his former team … saying he personally told Buffalo coaches and executives that the ex-Rams star was exactly what they needed to make it to a Super Bowl.
Smith made the revelation during a chat with us this week … explaining that before Miller’s Bills signed this offseason, Smith had a conversation with the head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane to convince them to go after Miller.
“I told them,” Smith said, “I said, ‘Look, this is the guy we need to rush the quarterback. “”
Smith said in previous conversations he had with McDermott, he stressed the importance of having a devastating pass thrower on the team … and explained that when Miller became available, he thought the player of 33 years old was the perfect guy for this role.
“His work speaks for itself,” Smith said. “And that’s what you need to focus on.”
Clearly, McDermott and Beane listened to Smith — because, after all, the guy is the NFL’s all-time sack leader — and ended up signing Miller to a six-year deal.
Smith said the move now pushes Buffalo’s defense to a whole new level … and makes them a strong contender for this season’s Lombardi Trophy.
“I’m happy and very happy that we got him and nobody else did,” Smith said, “because he’s going to be a pain in the ass for somebody in the season to come.”
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