Adam Schefter of ESPN reported yesterday that the Denver Broncos are trying to reclaim $1.25 million of Von Miller’s signing bonus as the star linebacker is suspended. Miller was suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, which he has already sat out one game.
The Broncos will try to reclaim the $1.25 million by withholding Miller’s game checks when he’s eligible to return from his suspension. Miller is convinced that his signing bonus is exempt from being returned according to his settlement with the NFL. He is expected to fight any attempt of his bonus being withheld.
Back in 2011, Miller signed a four-year, $21 million rookie contract with a $13.77 million signing bonus. He is already going to lose $800,000 in game checks for the duration of his suspension; if the Broncos reclaim $1.25 million of his signing bonus, Miller stands to lose over $2 million.
Miller spent Friday with NFLPA lawyers going over the terms of his settlement. He is not allowed to practice, play, attend team meetings or even watch the game at the stadium during his suspension. Due to confidentiality, Miller has declined all interviews ever since his suspension was enacted.
The Broncos will be eligible to get their all-pro linebacker back in the lineup in time for the Oct. 20 game against the Colts.