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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.

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18 Responses to “Report: Von Miller gets to keep his bonus money”
  1. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 2, 2014 11:02 AM

    We win Super Bowls. You should try it.

  2. JackedUpSports says: Feb 2, 2014 11:07 AM

    money complicates everything

  3. legionofboom88 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:12 AM

    Kaepernick is such a choke artist. 2 years in a row, he ends his team’s playoff run with his arm. Not much promise in the whiners future.

  4. realitycheckbaby says: Feb 2, 2014 11:34 AM

    Good news Bronco fans…

    You won’t have to worry whether he should get a ring.

  5. nfloracle says: Feb 2, 2014 11:41 AM

    How much of that money goes to lawyers?

  6. seanb20124 says: Feb 2, 2014 12:38 PM

    You mean the Broncos did not want the money back, at least publicly

  7. toonloonboon says: Feb 2, 2014 1:03 PM

    meanwhile, millions starve across the world. seems fair.

  8. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 2, 2014 1:14 PM

    huh? the owner of the Broncos negotiated a settlement with the players and part of that settlement included the owners stating they want bonus money back for suspensions but PFT contends the Broncos DIDN’T want the money back?

    And we’re supposed the find the tweet misleading?

  9. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Feb 2, 2014 1:19 PM

    Sapp would say he dont deserve it

  10. rubenxx7 says: Feb 2, 2014 1:29 PM

    More money to fail a drug test and try to cover it up

  11. arzcardinals says: Feb 2, 2014 1:38 PM

    Way to go, lesson learned
    Fail drug test keep the bonus money
    Sorry, but I disagree
    An employee of my company fails a drug test they lose their job and are not invited back.

  12. simplec72 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:38 PM

    Let me do drugs, get suspended so I don’t have to work and still get paid! Sounds like an incentive.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 2, 2014 2:51 PM

    That’s chicken feed for Von.

  14. sfsugator says: Feb 2, 2014 2:51 PM

    He had a nice year only played in a handful of games, made hella lute, an might get a Super Bowl ring out of it. Must be nice.

  15. spoaktown707 says: Feb 2, 2014 3:17 PM

    Hell Yeah!
    Now he can have a bigger drug budget.
    Shawne Merriman 2.0

  16. craigkintexas says: Feb 2, 2014 3:22 PM

    That’s the American way nowadays……no consequences for your actions……everyone gets a trophy, etc. And we wonder why we’ve become a nation of victims!!!!!

  17. EJ says: Feb 2, 2014 6:42 PM

    Great thing to teach the young children of the world, do drugs. fail a test and get paid what you never earned or deserved. Very nice NFL.

  18. joetoronto says: Feb 3, 2014 5:22 AM

    The Bronco’s deserve everything coming their way.

    Miller is a turd on a team of turds.

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