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Miller suspension could be costly for Broncos, literally

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In addition to losing the ability to play in six regular-season games, Broncos linebacker Von Miller will lose plenty of money.  For starters, he’s out more than $806,000 in 2013 base salary.

Likewise, he faces the loss of 6/17ths of his signing bonus allocation for 2013.  At a total signing bonus of $13.773 million and an allocation per year of $3,443,250, that’s a forfeiture of $1,214,264.

It also will be costly for the Broncos.  If, at the end of the 2013 season, Commissioner Roger Goodell decides to extend the Club Remittance Policy to the suspensions of pro personnel director Tom Heckert and director of player personnel Matt Russell, Miller’s becomes the third team suspension — exposing the Broncos to a fine in the amount of 33 percent of his lost salary.

That’s a fine of $266,033.

It’s unclear whether the Broncos will be required to pay the amount. “As part of the club remittance policy [regarding] personal conduct, policy on anabolic steroids and related substances and also substances of abuse, the Commissioner will continue to reserve the option of imposing discipline on clubs in any case involving non-player conduct,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy recently explained to PFT via email.

This means that Goodell can, if he so chooses, regard Heckert as the first offense, Russell as the second offense, and Miller as the third offense under the Club Remittance Policy.

The Broncos can still net nearly $1 million, if they choose to invoke Appendix D to the substance-abuse policy, which makes mandatory the partial forfeiture of signing bonus amounts for suspensions.  But the Broncos first have to choose to seek repayment.  Given their relationship with Miller and his talent level, the Broncos may opt to let him keep the signing bonus money.

Maybe the fairest outcome would be for Miller to cover the amount of the fine, if the Broncos indeed are required to surrender $266,033.

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19 Responses to “Miller suspension could be costly for Broncos, literally”
  1. unbiasfan says: Aug 20, 2013 5:25 PM

    Broncos are falling apart in front of our eyes….

    I need to get some popcorn for this!

  2. truthb3t0ld says: Aug 20, 2013 5:26 PM

    So Miller should pay but Heckert and Russell shouldn’t? Got it..

  3. footballradioshow says: Aug 20, 2013 5:28 PM

    Very pricey drug bender. I would rather have the cash

  4. footballradioshow says: Aug 20, 2013 5:29 PM

    Broncos won’t chase the signing bonus though

  5. rc33 says: Aug 20, 2013 5:29 PM

    One other thing, Bronco fans; in light him no longer taking his difference-making PED’s, you can begin calling him Von Merriman starting Week 7.

  6. hakunamangata says: Aug 20, 2013 5:30 PM

    Considering this may be Peyton’s and Champ’s last year, coupled with having to resign both Decker and Thomas and having no one to really speak of in the secondary locked up, I’d say the last thing to worry about as a Bronco’s fan is for them to lose 200,000 dollars on the year.

    No I think the opportunity to win it all before having to rebuild is the real problem.

  7. pnut87 says: Aug 20, 2013 5:33 PM

    Oh yeah, and the Broncos’ D is going to suffer too. But, that’s not really important compared to the pennies in the bucket there…

  8. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 20, 2013 5:35 PM

    As if money’s the issue here. I’m sure he and his team are far more concerned with the centerpiece of their defense being out for a significant chunk of the season.

  9. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 20, 2013 5:35 PM

    As if money’s the issue here. I’m sure he and his team are far more concerned with the centerpiece of their defense being out for a significant chunk of the season.

  10. ingraven says: Aug 20, 2013 5:42 PM

    The NFL has become so dramatic.

  11. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 20, 2013 5:45 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving franchise…bunch of arrogant jerks in that organization.

  12. slick50ks says: Aug 20, 2013 6:04 PM

    Karma for the last two asterisk bowls they cheated and “won”.

  13. mn1288 says: Aug 20, 2013 6:18 PM

    This shouldn’t be a judgmental thing – three violations and you’re fined for everyone, regardless of player or coach.

  14. humb0lt says: Aug 20, 2013 6:24 PM

    This and everything else that’s transpired in Denver since January opens the door for the Chargers or Chiefs to take the division title. The Raiders still suck too much to have a chance.

  15. germanstingray says: Aug 20, 2013 6:29 PM

    He may have to liquidate his chickens!

  16. vietnambob2473 says: Aug 20, 2013 6:36 PM

    Rc33

    It has been confirmed that he wasnt suspended for PEDs. You might want to have a clue as to what you are talking about before you go running your mouth

  17. lanman11 says: Aug 20, 2013 8:13 PM

    I bet they wish they had Tebow now!

  18. bmoreballbuster says: Aug 20, 2013 8:18 PM

    If it was simply a matter of common sense and integrity, he’d be banned for the entire season!

  19. rcali says: Aug 20, 2013 9:54 PM

    I doubt the team is losing sleep over $266,033. They probably spent that just upgrading the Owners suite this past off-season.

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