Panthers cornerback Josh Norman made a name for himself in 2015 as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He recorded four interceptions in the first four weeks of the season, including a pick six against Jameis Winston in the opening moments of Week 4. Such big moments have him poised for a big pay-day, now that his four-year rookie contract expires after this season and he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Norman, 27, got $1.54 million in 2015, by far the biggest base salary of his heavily back-loaded rookie deal. He has undoubtedly earned the right for even more money. His current net worth is estimated at just under $4 million.
As John Clayton notes, Byron Maxwell was given a six-year, $63 million contract from the Eagles prior to the 2015 season. He has certainly earned the right to get a similar payday in 2016, as he has helped to anchor the sixth-best defense in the NFL in 2015.