12. EARL THOMAS, BALTIMORE RAVENS – $22 MILLION:
His Super Bowl-winning career with the Seattle Seahawks came to a bitter, unfortunate end last year. The Pro Bowl safety broke his leg after Seattle failed to lock him up in a long-term contract.
Thomas was quickly one of the most coveted players in free agency, and Baltimore signed him to a four-year, $55 million contract. Thomas will earn $22 million of that money this season alone, making him the highest-paid defensive back in the NFL in 2019.