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Aaron Donald's Career Earnings After Historic $95M Contract With Rams

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 6, 2022

Inglewood, CA, Sunday, February 13, 2022 - Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald closes in on a sack of Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow to seal a 23-20 win in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.  (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams and superstar defensive tackle Aaron Donald reworked the remaining three years on his contract Monday, per multiple reports, essentially giving him a $40 million raise in the process.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rams?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Rams</a> get their Super Bowl hero back for a guaranteed $65M over the next two seasons with the contract structured to allow Aaron Donald to retire or return in 2024 for an additional guaranteed $30M. <a href="https://t.co/Gsq6lYCQmV">https://t.co/Gsq6lYCQmV</a>

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Aaron Donald now becomes the first non-QB to eclipse $30 million per year. It gives him a $40M raise over last three years of his existing contract with no new years added. The 3-year, now $95M contract makes Donald the highest-paid non QB. Todd France of <a href="https://twitter.com/AthletesFirst?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AthletesFirst</a> did deal.

Before his reworked deal, Donald was on pace to reach $152.1 million in career earnings through the 2024 season, per Spotrac. Monday's reworked deal will bring that total to $192.1 million, assuming Donald plays out this contract.

For the Rams, he's been worth every penny.

The 31-year-old is an eight-time Pro Bowler, seven-time first-team All-Pro selection, three-time Defensive Player of the Year and was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in the 2014 season.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

The only two defensive players to have been named...<br><br>- Defensive Rookie of the Year<br>- Defensive Player of the Year multiple times<br>- 5-time First Team All-Pro<br>- Super Bowl champion<br><br>... are Aaron Donald and Lawrence Taylor. <a href="https://t.co/PMVi20LU4d">pic.twitter.com/PMVi20LU4d</a>

He's arguably the greatest interior pass-rusher in NFL history, posting 98 sacks in 127 career games across eight seasons. He's posted double-digit sacks in six of those eight years, including 20.5 in the 2018 campaign.

He's added 226 quarterback hits, 150 tackles for loss, 23 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. Oh, and he's only missed two games in his entire career.

The future Hall of Famer was instrumental in the Rams' Super Bowl victory this past year. It was his pressure and hit on Joe Burrow on a 4th-and-1 play late in the fourth quarter that clinched the win for the Rams, one snap after he stuffed a running play on third down.

Los Angeles Rams @RamsNFL

No better way to celebrate the day.<br><br>📽 Top 10 Plays for <a href="https://twitter.com/AaronDonald97?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronDonald97</a>'s birthday. <a href="https://t.co/KOSXlaHpBp">pic.twitter.com/KOSXlaHpBp</a>

David Lombardi @LombardiHimself

The Rams have a lot of good players but Aaron Donald was the dominant force who led them to that trophy — it was his pressures that literally sealed both the NFCCG and the Super Bowl — and he’s now being paid commensurately

It was also a Donald pressure that forced a game-winning interception late in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game. When the Rams needed him most, Donald rose to the occasion.

And now he's being paid like it.