26. VON MILLER, DENVER BRONCOS – $17.5 MILLION:
Miller won a Super Bowl with the Broncos in 2015, and he did it without any real threat from his soon-to-be-retired QB Peyton Manning. You could argue he was far and away the MVP of the team that year.
For his efforts, Denver deservedly signed him to a monstrous six-year, $114.1 million contract in the 2016 offseason. He’ll bank $17.5 million of that this year as he spearheads another fearsome defense in Denver. They’re going to need him in the worst way yet again.