[Trump defenders’ efforts to cast Mueller as tainted are gaining urgency]
White House officials said they did not believe Trump had explicitly ordered Sessions to fire McCabe in recent days. But he arguably did not have to: The FBI’s former No. 2 official had long drawn Trump’s ire, and the president has publicly called for his dismissal. Trump has been furious at Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller probe. White House officials said the embattled attorney general is perpetually trying to prove his worth to Trump and had to have known that firing McCabe would please the boss.
Once the 2018 regular season begins, Burfict earns a bonus of $140,625 every time he’s on the 46-man roster, protecting the Bengals from suspension and injury. That adds up to $2.25 million for the season. It is the maximum allowed amount by the collective-bargaining agreement.
According to the salary-tracking site www.spotrac.com, Burfict now stands to lose $896,470 in game checks, $223,529 in signing bonus money and another $562,500 in roster bonus money (a total of about $1.68 million) if he is indeed suspended for the four games.
Should he miss all four games, the linebacker will have lost over $4.06 million in game checks, adding in his 2016 and 2017 three-game suspensions for on-field discipline.
But when he signed his three-year, $35.5 million contract extension last September, the Bengals took very little risk. His $3.3 million signing bonus was guaranteed but paid out within 20 days of inking the deal.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Burfict will argue he was on prescribed medications following a concussion suffered on Dec. 4 and an injured shoulder suffered on Dec. 24.
Suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs are rarely overturned.
In 2014, the NFL changed the appeal process for PED violations to go to an independent arbitrator instead of assumed liability that whatever you put in your body is your responsibility. Players can hope for more of a fair shot in the appeal process.
Winning an appeal is still a rarity. The only cases of a player winning a PED appeal came in 2012 when Richard Sherman had his four-game suspension withdrawn after the collector of the sample compromised it from reported spilling.