By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Rams have signed star defensive tackle Aaron Donald. He has agreed to a five-year, $135 million deal.
He will receive $87 million in guarantees. In addition, at the time of signing his contract, he’ll receive a $40 million signing bonus.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Donald will receive $141 million over the next seven years.
The star defensive tackle has made the Pro Bowl the past four seasons. He was the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Donald was holding out. Fellow defensive star Khalil Mack, of the Oakland Raiders, also joined Donald, as they were hoping to get new deals.
Mack, though, may get traded if the Raiders do not sign him to a new deal.
The 27-year-old Donald has appeared in 62 NFL games, including 58 starts. He has 148 tackles, 39.0 sacks, nine forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and nine pass deflections.
In 2017, he appeared in 14 games — the fewest he has played in during a season — with 32 tackles, 11.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two pass deflections. The 11.0 sacks ties his career-high, as he also had 11.0 sacks during the 2015 season.
Donald’s contract surpasses one previously signed by Ndamukong Suh when he signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2015. Suh signed a six-year, $114 million deal.
After several years of the contract, Suh earned $60 million of the contract, before being released. He signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Rams this off-season.
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