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Broncos' Miller guarantees title

Published March 5, 2013 5:55 pm

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Von Miller is pulling a Joe Namath and it's only March.

Denver's star pass-rusher is already guaranteeing a Super Bowl title for the Broncos next season.

Miller said he's 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 his 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 that 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.

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 that the AFL's Jets would beat Don Shula's NFL Baltimore Colts.

Around the league

Bills • General manager Buddy Nix says he hasn't determined whether to keep quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Coming off his second inconsistent season as starter, Fitzpatrick is due to earn a $3 million bonus this month as part of a six-year, $59 million contract extension he signed in October 2011. Meanwhile, linebacker Shawne Merriman announced that he plans to retire. The former San Diego Chargers star spent parts of three seasons with Buffalo. Last year, he was cut by the Bills in August only to be re-signed in October to help shore up the team's injury-riddled defense.

Vikings • Minnesota released veteran receiver Michael Jenkins, clearing $3.25 million of space under the salary cap. Jenkins was third on the team with 40 receptions, 449 yards and two touchdowns last season, plus a 50-yard catch for a score in the playoff game at Green Bay.

Falcons • Atlanta signed running back Antone Smith to a two-year contract extension. Smith has only one carry in three seasons with the Falcons. Playing primarily on special teams, Smith appeared in 13 games in 2012 and had four tackles.