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.