So looks like the stellar 2011 draft class is starting to get paid, really for the first time in their careers as this was the first year the rookie wage scale was instituted. About time - there's no more deserving of getting paid than basically the first 11 picks from that draft (not counting Locker and Gabbert).
Patrick Peterson, the 4th pick from that year, got 5 years for $70m ($48m guaranteed) making him just barely the highest paid CB in football over Richard Sherman.
Also Tyron Smith, the 9th pick of that year, is getting 8 year for $98m. It's not clear yet what his guaranteed amount will be). Still it promises to be massive. Makes sense though for a guy who's the same age as a lot of the Class of 2013 and is one of the elite LTs in the game already.
What blows my mind is that Houston has yet to do the right thing and sign JJ Watt longterm. Lock him up! He's easily the best defensive player in the game. Grantland has a nice article about how insanely great and dedicated the guy is. The Texans have about a month until the season starts - there is zero excuse not to lock him up by then.