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Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller said a year ago he hoped his first “pass rush summit” would turn into an annual event for those who chase down NFL quarterbacks for a living.

And now Miller has finalized a second summit for some of the league’s marquee defensive players, this time June 27-29 at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri — just south of Branson. Miller held the first version of what was a quickly organized pass-rushers’ convention a year ago, at Stanford.

“I’ve got some guys coming already,” Miller said Tuesday after the Broncos’ on-field work in the second week of OTAs. “Some guys said they were coming, but I don’t want to say their names yet. You know how it is, got big-money guys … when they commit to something two months out.”

Von Miller said he's finalizing plans for another "pass rush summit" for the league's marquee defensive players at the end of June. Said Miller: "It's a great space where we can share knowledge."

What started as simply an attempt for Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley and Miller to work together had sprung into the first summit, essentially out of the rather heady contact list in Miller’s ever-busy smartphone. This time, Miller said he got a head start on the planning, but the organizational principles remain the same.

“I just call guys from around the league. It’s a small fraternity of the guys,” Miller said. “… Justin Houston, I just call him and tell him to invite Dee Ford and the other guys. Andre Branch with the Miami Dolphins, I just call him and tell him to invite all the guys. Arik Armstead and Cassius Marsh with the San Francisco 49ers, they were already there last year, tell them to invite the other guys.

“You put the word out, it’s just like the Justice League,” Miller added. “They just come out of nowhere.”

Miller said he believes the idea can continue to grow as defensive players could begin to do what quarterbacks and wide receivers around the league have done for years with a variety of passing camps.

“It’s a great space where we can share knowledge — it’s the only place where you can do that,” Miller said. “It’s the only place where you can get Khalil Mack and Vic Beasley in the same spot, other than the Pro Bowl, and talk about just straight pass rushing … what it takes to be a great pass-rusher. … It’s great for everybody around.”

Among the former players Miller expects to attend are DeMarcus Ware, Miller’s former teammate and mentor with the Broncos, as well as Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.

Miller has consistently credited Ware and Elvis Dumervil, who was with the Broncos when Miller was selected in the 2011 draft, with “showing me what it takes to be great” and that he hopes to do the same with other players.

An avid outdoorsman, Miller said he had, with the help of Bass Pro Shops, planned some fishing during the players’ time in Missouri.

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Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he’s unsure when All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas will show up for the team’s offseason workouts.

“We’ll find out. We’ve got to communicate,” Carroll said Sunday as the team wrapped up a three-day rookie minicamp.

“Phase 2 doesn’t look like it’s suiting him right now, so we’ll see, we’ll see what’s happening. Phase 3 is around the corner for us, so we’ll see. We’ve got one more week of Phase 2.”

Carroll’s comments confirmed that Thomas, who is seeking a new contract, has been absent from the voluntary portion of the Seahawks’ offseason program. They came in response to a question of whether he expects Thomas to sit out until attendance becomes mandatory. That isn’t until Seattle’s veteran minicamp, which runs from June 12-14.

Thomas is entering the final year of the four-year, $40 million extension he signed in 2014, which now ranks sixth among safeties in terms of annual average, according to Spotrac.com. He told ESPN at the Pro Bowl in January that he may hold out if he doesn’t get a new deal before the season, though general manager John Schneider has since said that Thomas’ representatives have informed him that Thomas won’t hold out.

Thomas, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time first team All-Pro, has been the subject of trade speculation this offseason, with reports citing the Dallas Cowboys as a potential trade partner. The Seahawks downplayed the possibility after the draft, and Schneider told Seattle’s Sports Radio 950 KJR last week that the team isn’t trying to trade Thomas.

Thomas would be subject to fines if he were to skip mandatory minicamp, though teams can decide to not impose them. This year, the maximum amounts are $14,070 for the first day, $28,150 for the second and $42,215 for the third day, for a total of $84,435.

“Earl had a fantastic offseason and I know he knows how to get in shape,” Carroll said. “Veterans sometimes look at those rules and they see ‘voluntary’ and they see it differently than the other guys, so we’ll see.”