Aaron Donald is not only set to forgo potential retirement to help the Rams in their attempt to repeat as Super Bowl champions but he’ll now be paid handsomely to do so. The All-Pro defensive tackle has agreed to rework the remaining three years on his contract with the Los Angeles Rams, and in doing so, has now become the highest-paid non-QB in NFL history.
Specifically, Donald is set to receive a $40 million raise by the Rams and will see $95 million in totality on his contract that runs through the 2024 season. Over the next two seasons, Donald will be guaranteed $65 million. As the contract is structured, Donald will then have the ability to either retire or return in 2024 for an additional $30 million guaranteed. The deal also includes a no-trade clause, per ESPN.
“I’m locked back in to go get us another ring. Why not?” Donald said in a video the team posted after announcing the deal. “At SoFi Stadium, getting chills thinking about it. Let’s go to work.”
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This contract restructure has been in the works essentially since the clock hit zero in Los Angeles’ victory over the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. Over the course of these negotiations reports had even trickled out that Donald would be content…