NFL

Suspension could cost Broncos Miller more than $2 million

{eot}
The Canadian Press
9/9/2013 9:28:05 AM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Von Miller's six-game suspension could end up costing him more than $2 million.

He'll lose about $800,000 in salary and approximately $1.2 million more in the prorated portion of his signing bonus that he'll have to forfeit for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, according to the league's collective bargaining agreement.

However, that second figure could change based on provisions of a confidential settlement Miller's defence team reached with the NFL last month when Denver's All-Pro linebacker was suspended for the first six games without pay.

Both NFL spokesman Michael Signora and Miller's agent, Joby Branion, said they couldn't discuss Miller's case.

"There's a confidential settlement agreement that Von intends to abide by and I'm sure the league intends to abide by," Branion told The Associated Press. "We can't discuss any terms of that agreement other than the obvious, which is the six-game suspension."

The league's collective bargaining agreement states that players suspended for drug or steroid violations "shall be required to forfeit any Forfeitable Salary Allocations on a proportionate weekly basis."

Although the CBA states that player contracts "may not contain individually negotiated provisions for forfeiture relating to violations of the Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances or the NFL Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, or for failing any drug test," it does not explicitly bar negotiated settlements after the fact.

Miller's four-year, $21 million contract that he signed as the second overall pick of the 2011 draft included a $13.77 million signing bonus.

ESPN reported the Broncos will recoup six weeks of prorated signing bonus money by withholding it from his paychecks once he's reinstated next month. The network also reported that Miller met with players union lawyers in Washington, D.C., on Friday to go over terms of his settlement with the league and that Miller's defence team argues the return of bonus money isn't included in that settlement.

Miller isn't allowed to speak with the media at the team's headquarters during his suspension, and he has politely declined all interview requests since the ban was handed down last month. He's permitted to attend team meetings and weightlifting sessions during his suspension and he was in the locker room talking with teammates during the media access period Monday.

The NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011, Miller had 30 sacks in his first two NFL seasons, including a franchise record 18 1/2 last year. His return is slated for Oct. 20, when the Broncos play at Indianapolis.

Von Miller (Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

zoom

(Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


2014 NFL Draft

The Houston Texans selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.


Round-by-Round Picks: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Hall Of Fame

Ray Guy, Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Michael Strahan, Andre Reed, and Aeneas Williams, headlined this year's Hall of Fame class. More...

Podcasts

TSN 1050: Game Night: Joe Horrigan - July 30

Pro Football Hall of Fame VP of Communications Joe Horrigan joined Game Night with Jim Tatti & Andy McNamara to talk NFL Hall of Fame Weekend

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: July 28 - John Kryk

SunMedia NFL Columnist, John Kryk joined Bryan Hayes to discuss the potential of Manziel & EJ Manuel's struggles in camp.

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: July 23 - Jim Trotter

ESPN NFL Analyst, Jim Trotter joined Bryan Hayes to discuss Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam, Brett Favre's Packers legacy & Johnny Manziel.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television