Von Miller's holdout and threats to sit out the 2016 NFL season have paid off. The Denver Broncos raised the guaranteed money and have agree to a six-year, $114 million contract with their star outside linebacker. Both sides agreed to the deal before Friday's extension deadline and avoided the risk of the Broncos either losing their difference maker on defense when he became a free agent next season and Miller having to stick to his promise to sit out the season.
As part of the deal, Miller will receive $70 million of the deal guaranteed. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the $70 million will be fully guaranteed by March of 2018. It is the second-most in NFL history, behind Andrew Luck's $87 million guaranteed. Miller now becomes the highest-paid defensive player in the game. While Miller didn't have to sit out the season, his willingness to take that step and demand more guaranteed money, could be the start of change in NFL contract negotiations as more players could go the same path and some eventually go through and sit out the season under the franchise tag.