Browns may not recoup Stallworth’s signing bonus

The Browns may not be able to recoup any of the signing bonus given to WR Donte’ Stallworth the day before the car he was driving struck and killed a pedestrian in Miami, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    Recouping bonus money from players was made tougher for teams when the CBA was extended in 2006. Teams were limited to recouping only the pro-rated portions of a signing bonus if a player breached his contract by being suspended or committing a crime.
    “We lost all that stuff (in the extension),” one of the sources said.
    Correcting that huge oversight is just one reason the owners opted out of the CBA, setting up a future labor fight.
    Based on precedent, the Browns would be entitled to a pro-rated portion of Stallworth’s original signing bonus if legal issues prevented him from playing in 2009, or beyond. That would amount to about $905,000 a year.
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