In the NFL, player contracts are almost never fully guaranteed. The structure of NFL contracts is confusing, with players often getting released midway through contracts and only getting part of the pay that is promised. Other times, players are asked to restructure contracts in a way that stretches pay over the course of several years to make more favorable conditions for the team and the salary cap. Even still, there are 26 players that have received NFL contracts that were worth $100 million or more at the time the papers were signed.
26. Marcell Dareus – $100 million
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus of the Buffalo Bills had several good seasons, earning a six-year $100-million contract that runs from 2016-2021. His best year came in 2014, when he had 10 sacks and 35 tackles, making his second Pro-Bowl and his first First-Team All-Pro selection. Since then, however, Dareus has struggled. In the first two games he played in the 2016 season, he only had 1.5 sacks and six tackles in total.