23. PRESTON SMITH, GREEN BAY PACKERS – $18 MILLION:
Smith has had a solid upward trajectory since becoming a second-round selection by the Washington Redskins in the 2015 draft. The outside linebacker was impressive enough to earn a four-year, $52 million free agent deal from the Green Bay Packers this offseason.
He’s ranked at No. 23 with $18 million in 2019 as a result. Smith may not be the most famous name on this list, but he cashed in at the right time this offseason and should be an integral piece of a retooled Packer defense.