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Von Miller, Denver's standout pass-rusher, has guaranteed a Super Bowl title for the Broncos next season. Miller said he is dedicating the season to his 6-year-old cousin who recently emerged from a coma after a car accident.
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DENVER — Von Miller, Denver's standout pass-rusher, has guaranteed a Super Bowl title for the Broncos next season.
Miller said he is dedicating the season to his 6-year-old cousin who recently emerged from a coma after a car accident in West Texas that also injured the boy's mother and 8-year-old brother.
On Monday, Miller tweeted: "You can post this where ever.. Denver broncos will win the Super Bowl" in the 2013 season. He added hash tags "4UJEREMIAH" and "IGUARANTEEIT58."
The linebacker later told The Associated Press when the boy, Jeremiah Clark-Martinez, came out of his coma, he was asked a series of questions to test his memory and among the first things he said was that his cousin, Von Miller, played for the Denver Broncos.
That inspired Miller to make his pledge.
"I've always wanted to win, I've always been motivated but when you're doing something for somebody else, it adds a little bit extra motivation. And I guarantee that we will win the Super Bowl in 2013," Miller told AP.
"I guess you go across our locker room and I'm sure there will be a lot more guys join me in that guarantee. I don't see why not. I mean, there's 32 teams in the NFL. I'm sure all of those guys feel like they've got some kind of chance of getting to the Super Bowl and winning the Super Bowl. And I feel the exact same way."
Quarterback Joe Namath delivered on his guarantee in 1969 for the New York Jets' only title, but he waited until the eve of the Super Bowl to make his bold promise the AFL's Jets would beat the heavily favored Don Shula-coached Baltimore Colts of the NFL.
Miller, meanwhile, didn't even wait for free agency to start.
"Guaranteeing it wasn't fueled out of being cocky or anything like that," he said. "I actually feel like, what else is there?"
plans to retire
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Linebacker Shawne Merriman is calling it "Lights Out" on his career.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2005 league defensive rookie of the year said on his website he intends to file retirement papers.
"I retire today not because I don't feel I can go out there and still play the game at a very high level," the 28-year-old Merriman wrote. "I am retiring because I want to retire on my own terms and leave while I know I can still physically play the game."
The decision came a week before he was eligible to become a free agent, and after spending parts of the past three seasons in Buffalo. That included last year, when he was cut by the Bills in August only to be re-signed by Buffalo in October to help address the team's injury-riddled defense.
• The Minnesota Vikings have an obvious priority for the offseason: add wide receivers.
The Vikings created another opening at their thinnest position by releasing Michael Jenkins, 30, clearing $3.25 million of space under the salary cap.
Jenkins played two seasons of the three-year contract he signed with the Vikings in 2011. He was due a roster bonus of $2.425 million March 16 and a base salary of $825,000 for 2013. Jenkins caught 40 passes for 449 yards and two touchdowns last season.
• Ray Farmer, 38, who spent the past seven seasons as Kansas City's director of pro personnel, was hired as Cleveland's assistant general manager. The addition of Farmer led to Mike Lombardi's title being switched from vice president of player personnel to general manager.