Goodell talks up Von Miller

May, 13, 2011
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Denver Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller may be one of the 10 current players who are suing the league, yet NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he has no problem with Miller, who was the No. 2 overall pick in last month’s draft.

According to the Denver Post, Goodell -- who is continuing his goodwill tour with NFL fans during the lockout -- told a large group of Broncos season-ticket holders in a conference call, the two men ran into each other in Denver prior to the draft.

"I happened to be in Denver at the Broncos' facility when Von was in a meeting with the coaching staff prior to the draft," Goodell said. "And I went out of my way to say hello to him. He's a great young man. [He’s] obviously, a great young, player … I have great respect for Von. I look forward to him having many productive years in the NFL."

Miller and Goodell embraced at the podium shortly after the Broncos took him. Miller said that night that he doesn’t have anything personal against the commissioner.

In other AFC West news:
  • The Kansas City Star looks at the workout-bonus money the Chiefs are saving because of the lockout. Well, there’s a bright side to all of this turmoil, I guess.
  • Did the San Diego Chargers take a step closer to becoming the Los Angeles Chargers this week?
  • The Oakland Tribune looks at Jason Campbell’s situation with the Raiders heading into his second season in Oakland.

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ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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