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Fight looming over Von Miller’s signing bonus

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With Broncos linebacker Von Miller suspended six games, the CBA requires the Broncos to seek reimbursement of 6/17th of his 2013 signing bonus allocation.

As we explained last month, it’s automatic.  Under Miller’s contract, it means he’ll lost $1.2 million in money he’s already received.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the issue hasn’t been resolved.  Since Miller’s suspension was the result of a negotiated settlement between the league and the NFLPA, the union apparently plans to argue that the settlement gives Miller the ability to keep his signing bonus money.

It won’t be an easy argument to make.  Absent clear language in the settlement paperwork altering the existing terms of the labor deal, Miller will lose the money, whether the Broncos want to take it or not.

That last point merits some emphasis.  Schefter delivered the info in a way creating the impression that the Broncos are choosing to exercise their right to chase the money.  The reality is that the Broncos’ intentions or wishes don’t matter.  Under the labor deal, the team MUST seek recovery following a suspension for violation of the substance-abuse policy.

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13 Responses to “Fight looming over Von Miller’s signing bonus”
  1. jakec4 says: Sep 8, 2013 11:37 AM

    Surely an hour and a half before a slew of opening weekend games there are better things to write about than a millionaire who brought his problems upon himself.

  2. boltfansmith says: Sep 8, 2013 11:42 AM

    He’ll lost?? Or he’ll lose?

  3. denverwally says: Sep 8, 2013 11:48 AM

    Pat Bowlen is a skinflint. If he has a chance to grab 20 bucks from one of his players, he will do it. This SOB has held the city of Denver hostage on more than one occasion, threatening to move the team if he doesn’t get absolutely everything he ever wants – new stadium (which the city and county paid for through taxes), all the parking revenue and concessions (again, even though the City owns the facility and has to service the bonds issued to build the place).
    Yep, he Bowlen sees $1.2 million he can slip back into his dusty wallet, he’s all over that!

  4. trollaikman8 says: Sep 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    ” it means he’ll lost $1.2 million”

    Florio, are you even trying anymore?

  5. ivedoneyourwife says: Sep 8, 2013 12:04 PM

    Isn’t easier to say a little over 35%?

  6. cappa662 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:15 PM

    If they take his signing bonus, they should let him be a free agent. I know if my work asked for money back, I’m looking for a new job.

  7. brendanragan says: Sep 8, 2013 12:38 PM

    I’m a Broncos fan and even I’m tired of this story. There are 31 other teams. Come on already.

  8. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 8, 2013 12:39 PM

    The fax machine must be ringing off the hook in Elway’s office.

  9. bmoreravens1012013 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:41 PM

    Maybe he and Elvis will be teammates after all…..See you in purple and black soon Von. lol

  10. joetoronto says: Sep 8, 2013 12:59 PM

    I have faith in Horse Face, he’ll screw this up like only he can.

  11. frostymugobeer says: Sep 8, 2013 5:09 PM

    as the article states…this has nothing to do with the Broncos wishes or Miller’s for that matter.
    it’s a legal issue.
    it will be handled by lawyers.
    if we could get the press to stop “creating” fantasy headlines about how the 2 sides are at odds it would be nice.
    Miller knows he blew it and i’m sure understands it’s going to cost money.
    but be assured (fans who want Millers services)
    the Broncos will lock up his new deal and throw that 1.2 mil in for good measure long before any fax is due

  12. poormanspoison says: Sep 8, 2013 11:13 PM

    As a football fan this is a sorry grab at a story when there is many more things to discuss at this time. Also reading comments like little denvers willy (wally) and cry baby bmoreraven90210 sure love to talk about this other than think about how bad there football team is looking this year already and knowingly its gna be an embracing season so they have to take that 4ft sticker of there team off there hyundai elantras back window…

  13. srrphoenix says: Sep 9, 2013 10:48 AM

    Looks like the Baltimore trolls are starting to come out of the woodwork again. How’d that last game go for you guys?? LOL

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