ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos' relationship with star linebacker Von Miller could get testy in the coming weeks because of money.
ESPN reported over the weekend that the team will try to recoup some of the All-Pro's signing bonus in light of his six-game suspension for violating the league's drug-abuse policy.
The team will attempt to reclaim $1.25 million of the $13.77 million signing bonus he got when he signed his four-year, $21 million rookie contract in 2011, ESPN said, citing people in the NFL it didn't name. The Broncos would do that by withholding money from his paychecks once he's reinstated in mid-October.
Miller is expected to fight any such efforts, however.
The man Broncos boss John Elway calls the best player he's ever seen play already stands to lose more than a-half million dollars in salary during his suspension.
Miller isn't allowed to practice or play during his banishment but he is permitted to attend team meetings and weight-lifting sessions. He was at the team's facility last week but it isn't known if he intends to spend his entire suspension in Denver or if he'll go to another city to keep in shape on his own.
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 his suspension was handed down last month.
Miller had 30 sacks in his first two NFL seasons, including a franchise record 18½ last season. He was the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011 after the Broncos selected him with the second overall pick out of Texas A&M. Last season he was runner-up to Houston's J.J. Watt for Defensive Player of the Year honors.
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