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Rams Make Aaron Donald Highest-Paid Non-QB Ever

  • The defensive tackle becomes first non-quarterback to eclipse $30 million per season.
  • Donald's 98 sacks and 665 QB pressures are each the most of any player since his 2014 debut.
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The Rams want to run it back with their Super Bowl squad — and are clearly prepared to pay the price.

After making Sean McVay the highest-paid coach in the NFL ($15-18M) and re-signing QB Matt Stafford for $160 million, Los Angeles has made Aaron Donald the highest-paid non-QB in NFL history

The 31-year-old restructured his contract to guarantee $65 million over the next two seasons and $95 million through 2024 — a historic raise for a player making more history with each passing season. 

  • Donald’s new deal represents a $40M raise over the last three years of his existing contract — he’s the first non-quarterback to eclipse $30M per season. 
  • His current contract is structured so that he can either retire or return in 2024 — for a guaranteed $30M.
  • He’s an eight-time Pro-Bowler, seven-time All-Pro, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and his 98 sacks and 665 QB pressures are each the most of any player since his 2014 debut.

It’s been quite a week for Donald, who also signed up with Kanye West’s sports marketing agency, Donda Sports.

The reigning champs haven’t stopped spending this offseason — before this latest double-down, the Rams added star WR Allen Robinson on a three-year, $46.5 million contract.

So far, the recent moves haven’t moved the needle for oddsmakers. The Rams still share the third-best Super Bowl odds (+1000) with the Chiefs and Packers, who all trail the Bills (+600) and Buccaneers (+700).

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