- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ENGLEWOOD, COLO. (AP) - Von Miller isn’t looking back.

The second overall selection in the NFL draft said he has no regrets over staying in school, suing the NFL or missing out on some $50 million.

The Denver Broncos‘ new linebacker was expected to sign a four-year deal worth about $21 million on Wednesday as players, including in-limbo quarterback Kyle Orton, reported to Dove Valley for new coach John Fox’s first training camp.

Miller would have been in line for about $70 million had the rookie salary structure not changed with the new labor deal, but the former Texas A&M pass-rusher figures he’ll make it up down the line.

“I plan on getting three, four, five contracts. I don’t plan on just getting this one,” Miller said while negotiations continued. “Whatever the future contracts may be, I’m happy with those, too. I just want to play football. I’m not really worried about all that other stuff.”

Miller tweeted early Wednesday: “Anxious to get this contract done! I’ve waited long enough to play football!” But he had to wait a while longer as contract talks dragged into the evening and the Broncos signed late-round draft picks Julius Thomas, Mike Mohamed and Virgil Green.

Last year’s No. 2 pick, Detroit Lions defensive standout Ndamukong Suh, signed a five-year deal worth $40 million guaranteed and as much as $68 million overall.

“You really can’t be possessive over something you didn’t have,” Miller said. “You hear about what Suh made last year and all that stuff. I’ve been playing football all my life for free. Whatever it is, whatever my contract may be, I’m good with whatever.”

Miller led the nation with 17 sacks as a junior, then returned for his senior season, refined his game and raised his stock.

He’ll start at strongside outside linebacker, often lining up on the opposite side of the formation from 2009 NFL sacks king Elvis Dumervil, forcing offenses into a pick-your-poison choice in protection schemes.

Dumervil is coming back from a torn chest muscle that sidelined him all last season.

“He’s Batman, I’m Robin,” said Miller, whose polite off-the-field demeanor belies the holy terror he represents to offensive tackles on game day.

But, he added, “Robin had to save Batman a couple of times, too.”

Miller will play second fiddle financially to Dumervil, who signed a five-year, $58 million contract last summer that included $43 million in guarantees shortly before he got hurt in the first week of training camp.

Robert Ayers is also returning from an injury-marred season and he’s expecting a breakout season as he returns to defensive end in Fox’s 4-3 scheme, a position he played at Tennessee, after playing outside linebacker in the 3-4 system the last two seasons.

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