I was reading that the titans are trying to get back a portion of haynesworth's signing bonus after he was suspended by the league, and it got me to wondering - I thought a signing bonus was something a team paid you as a bonus for signing the contract? I thought it was meant to be an incentive to agree to the terms and go ahead and commit. so to me, once that bonus is paid, it has nothing to do with your annual salary after that, so I don't get how teams can go after that to be paid back based on the contract terms not being met - aren't they separate entities? - the contract and the bonus paid for signing it? anyone knows can you please explain?