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Postby VIPER » Mon May 12, 2003 9:13 pm

Doctor advises LB Miller to retire

NFL.com wire reports


CLEVELAND (May 12, 2003) -- Former Cleveland Browns linebacker Jamir Miller has been advised to retire by a doctor who examined the free agent's surgically repaired Achilles' tendon.

"He got a very discouraging medical report," agent Leigh Steinberg said. "The Achilles' injury is very serious. He's seriously considering retirement and is in the last stages of making a decision."

Miller, who made the Pro Bowl after recording 13 sacks in 2001, ruptured his right Achilles' tendon in the Browns' exhibition opener against Minnesota last August and missed the entire season.

Steinberg said Miller had been bothered by soreness in his heel the past few weeks, and he visited a specialist in Los Angeles on May 9.

"He has been medically advised not to play football," Steinberg said. "He had been hoping it would improve. The last time he played, he was a Pro Bowler. It's sort of sad."

Earlier in the day, the Browns confirmed they had withdrawn their contract offer to Miller. Browns spokesman Todd Stewart said the team rescinded its one-year package, leaving the 29-year-old player's NFL future in doubt.

Stewart said Browns president Carmen Policy recently sent a letter to Steinberg informing him that the club couldn't wait any longer for an answer about their proposal.

"We never heard back," Stewart said.

Miller was released by the Browns in February but had little luck in the free-agency market. He visited Tampa Bay and Baltimore , and the Ravens nearly signed him before removing a one-year offer shortly after drafting defensive end Terrell Suggs in April's draft .

Steinberg said Miller's injury made it difficult to make any decisions or plan ahead.

"One of the reasons we were not a little more aggressive in negotiations with the Browns or Ravens was because we were hoping it would improve," he said.

Steinberg has spoken with Miller about possibly pursuing a career in broadcasting or sports representation.

"I've talked to him about potentially joining our group," Steinberg said. "He has been part of the leadership in the NFLPA."

The Browns felt their offer to Miller, which included a signing bonus and playing incentives that would have doubled the value of the deal, was fair, and the club is puzzled why he didn't accept it.

Miller, who played five seasons with Arizona, signed with the Browns as a free agent before their expansion season in 1999. He got off to a strong start, and the club reworked his contract and extended it through the 2003 season.

After he made 114 tackles during his Pro Bowl season in 2001, Miller asked the Browns to renegotiate his deal. When the team balked at his requests, Miller, still the only Cleveland player to make the Pro Bowl since 1999, threatened a contract holdout during training camp.

The Browns did insert some new incentives into his 2002 contract, but his season ended when he suffered the injury.



Man...that's gotta suck...from pro-bowl to career ending injury. Too bad. :-t
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Postby slowkidz » Mon May 12, 2003 9:40 pm

ah well...i wont lose any sleep on it...


i really hope doesnt become an analyst tho....thats all we need is another chump tellin us how he wouldve done things differently...
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Postby Homeless » Tue May 13, 2003 7:27 am

Slowkidz wrote:ah well...i wont lose any sleep on it...


i really hope doesnt become an analyst tho....thats all we need is another chump tellin us how he wouldve done things differently...


Holy cow, wheres the love. :-o :-)

I hate it when a player ends up having to retire due to injury.

Very sad.
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Postby slowkidz » Tue May 13, 2003 8:20 am

theres just no love for this lil prima-donna...

he had one good year in 6 and then thinks he is better than anyone else on the team. i thought that he had an attitude adjustment when he was talkin about comin back, but from what i've read, a rabid bull with herpes wouldn't make a big enough impact on his attitude or ego. so ahhh well....

injury or no injury, i don't feel too bad for him...he still has some $$ in his pockets and im sure some fool will pay him to sit in a chair and read from a teleprompter like most other out of work athletes....
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Postby Arlo » Wed May 14, 2003 4:08 am

Man, those Cleveland fans are a tough crowd! !+)

That 114 tackle season sure was terrific, though - my team sure would have been in bad shape at LB without him...
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Postby DraftDodger » Wed May 14, 2003 12:04 pm

He didn't take the Browns' offer because Steinberg is probably the greediest agent in the NFL. Steinberg is admittedly good at getting clubs to throw good money at bad players (like the Tony Eason deal with the Jets), but any agent who doesn't get an injured player to accept a good offer is misrepresenting that player. Nice going Leigh :-t
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