CJ is the 3rd highest paid DE in the league, but he isn't a top 5 DE! Top 10, yes!
Outside of maybe Jared Allen, what other 4-3 DEs are better than CJ? I highly doubt you can name more than 3...
I mean Pierre Paul certainly has more talent... but he's pretty darn inconsistent.
Peppers is in the same boat.
Wake I know floated about as a pass rushing 3-4 OLB for a bit... not entirely sure where that puts him.
Chris Long is a really solid young and up and coming player but I wouldn't say he's as good as CJ.
CJ is easily in that blurry top 5 area in terms of being an all around effective 4-3 DE.