Rams make Aaron Donald the highest-paid non-QB in history: Reports

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The Los Angeles Rams have reworked defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s contract to give him a $40 million raise and make him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history, NFL Network reported and ESPN.

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Donald, who had openly considered retiring this offseason, now has $65 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. The deal will allow Donald to choose to retire after the 2023 season or return in 2024 for an additional $30 million guaranteed.

Los Angeles did not add new years to Donald’s deal, according to reports.

Donald, 31, originally signed a six-year, $135 million deal in August 2018 and had three years left on that contract.

During his illustrious career, Donald won three Defensive Player of the Year awards, tied for most all-time. He was the 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year after the Rams made him Pitt’s 13th draft pick. In the seven years that followed, he was named a first-team All-Pro seven times.

Donald has 98 sacks in his eight NFL seasons, posting 12.5 sacks in 2021.

Donald said during a recent podcast appearance that he was “at peace” with the concept of retirement – which he considered long before the Rams won Super Bowl LVI – but that it “makes sense to play” if he could win a second Super Bowl.

“But again, it’s still a business,” he said. “We have to deal with the business side of things, and if it wasn’t to be dealt with, you know, that’s what it’s kind of a situation. I’ll be fine anyway.

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