Former Alabama defender, Panthers linebacker Christian Miller decides to opt-out of coming NFL season
Christian Miller has made the decision to sit this one out.
The second-year pro from Alabama appeared in seven games during his rookie season in the NFL in 2019. Now the Carolina Panthers will have to wait another season before getting a return for investing a fourth-round pick in Miller during the 2019 NFL Draft.
News of Miller’s decision was first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. According to Rapoport’s report, Miller told the team he is a high-risk opt-out:
“Panthers OLB Christian Miller, a fourth-rounder in 2019, is going to opt-out, source said. He’s notified the team that he is a high-risk opt-out. Sounded like it was an emotional decision, but he believes this is what’s best for his long-term future. Carolina was supportive,” Rapoport posted on Monday morning.
Miller played four seasons in Tuscaloosa, from 2015-2018, where he collected 56 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and one fumble recovery for Nick Saban’s defense.
Following his decision, there have now been five players from Alabama (Dont’a Hightower, C.J. Mosley, Andre Smith and Chance Warmack are the others) that have decided to opt-out of the coming NFL season.