Rams Sign Aaron Donald To Record Six-Year, $135M Extension


Adam Schefter reports that the Rams and DT Aaron Donald finalizing a record six-year, $135 million, which includes $87 million guaranteed and is the richest defensive deal in NFL history.

  • Ian Rapoport adds that Donald receives a $40 million signing bonus as part of this deal.
  • According to Pro Football Talk, Donald makes $50M the first two years, all of which is fully guaranteed with no offset.

Donald, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Rams back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $10.136 million and set to make a base salary of $1,802,250 for the 2017 season when the Rams picked up his fifth-year team option for the 2018 season.

This will run the Rams around $6.892 million for the 2018 season, but is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.

In 2017, Donald appeared in 14 games for the Rams and recorded 41 tackles, 11 sacks, a fumble recovery, five forced fumbles and a pass defense.

We had Donald featured in our Top 25 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.

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