Rams star Aaron Donald lands a $95M contract restructure that now pays him like a QB

Jun 7, 2022

Aaron Donald is getting paid like a quarterback.

The Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle agreed to a reworked contract Monday that is expected to pay him an average salary of more than $31.6 million per season through 2024, according to a league source. The deal marks the first time in NFL history that a defensive player has broken the $30 million plateau for average salary.

Donald’s reworked deal has a total value of $95 million, which is $40 million more than he was previously scheduled to make. It also includes $65 million in guaranteed money, which outpaces the $63 million the Rams gave quarterback Matt Stafford earlier this offseason. Donald’s guarantees will be paid out in 2022 and 2023. The makes Donald the highest paid non-quarterback in the NFL and puts him 12th overall in the league in average salary.

Donald sought a reworked contract since the Rams won the Super Bowl in February. He entered the summer with his $22.5 million average salary ranked sixth among defensive players. He also had three years remaining on his deal.

Source: Yahoo Sports
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