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.