Aaron Donald becomes highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL

 | June 7, 2022


After a reworked contract, Donald will return to the Los Angeles Rams for three more years.


The All-Pro defensive tackle of the Los Angeles Rams has a new contract that makes him the highest-paid player other than a few quarterbacks in the NFL. His new deal gives him a $40m raise over the last three years of his contract.

Sources first relayed the deal to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal itself makes Donald the first non-quarterback to eclipse $30 million per season. With this adjustment, Aaron Donald will bring in $95m over the course of three years. 

Head Coach of the Rams Sean McVay said: "It's a big deal. And he's earned it. And he truly is one of one in my opinion. Means so much to me, to our organization. I think the respect that he's garnered around this league from guys that have done it at such a high level. What he's accomplished through his eight years is unparalleled."

The deal, which was negotiated by Donald's agent Todd France, guarantees Donald $65m for the first two years. It's also structured in a way that Donald can decide to retire before the 2024 season without any penalties. If he decides to play, he'll have another $30m in guaranteed money.

Also included within the contract is a "no-trade" clause, which is becoming common among top-tier players. Donald, 31, underwent his physical and signed the contract Monday.

The Rams released a video on Twitter with Donald who said: "What's up, it's Aaron Donald, I'm locked back in. Let's go get us another ring. Why not? At SoFi Stadium, getting chills thinking about it. Let's go to work."

McVay went on to say: "The things that you see day in and day out -- the way that he works, the consistency at which he works, how he affects and influences the rest of our team and really even me as a coach and the rest of our coaching staff, everything -- you're checking all the boxes for what you want for a Ram."

The Los Angeles Rams begin their mandatory minicamp on June 7, 2022.


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Ricky Gray

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