According to the Denver Post, Miller — suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the league’s drug policy — will get to keep the vast majority of the signing bonus he received from his rookie contract.
Miller received a $13.777 million signing bonus in 2013, and after his suspension — which was a settlement between the NFL and the NFLPA — he had forfeit a nice hunk of his $806,161 base salary in 2013. The paper said the Broncos “understood” he would have to pay back more than $1.2 million of his original signing bonus, but instead, an independent mediator ruled that Miller will get keep more than $1 million of that bonus.
Normally, players are expected to have to pay back a prorated portion of their signing bonus if they missed games due to suspension.
“The Broncos, who were not part of the settlement negotiations, will seek clarification from the league office on the matter at a later date,” the paper writes. “The team has been busy with other matters, like the Super Bowl.”
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