Report: Von Miller gets to keep his bonus money

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The Broncos could be getting very good news tonight, based on the outcome of Super Bowl XLVIII.  But it’s already been a very good week for linebacker Von Miller, even though he won’t be playing in the game.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Miller “will get to keep more than $1 million from his signing bonus that the Broncos were attempting to get back.”

The tweet is a bit misleading, in that the Broncos didn’t want to take money from Miller.  Under the labor deal, however, they had no choice.  If/when a player is suspended under the substance-abuse policy, partial bonus forfeiture becomes automatic.

For Miller, $1.2 million was at risk.  Presumably, the NFLPA successfully argued that, because Miller’s six-game suspension resulted not from the appeals process but from a negotiated settlement that omitted a specific mandate of bonus repayment, Miller gets to keep the money.

If so, it’s an important point for players to keep in mind when negotiating suspensions in the future.