All-Pro Aaron Donald returning to LA Rams with a big raise

All-pro-defense tackle Aaron Donald gets a big raise to stay with the Los Angeles Rams through 2024 under a revised contract.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald is getting a big raise to stay with the Los Angeles Rams through 2024 with a revised contract.

Super Bowl champion Rams announced Donald’s return on Monday. The team hasn’t disclosed the terms of the new deal, but the NFL Network reported that Donald will receive a $40 million pay rise that will make him the league’s highest-paid defensive player.

Donald was already under contract for $55 million for the next three seasons but openly considered retiring after winning his first ring in February. The Rams have realized that Donald deserves a hefty raise and he’s guaranteed to get $65 million over the next two seasons.

The deal means the seven-time All-Pro will once again be the focus of defense to torment offenses with the Rams, who will be among the Super Bowl favorites again next season. Los Angeles signed quarterback Matthew Stafford to a contract extension back in the offseason, and the rest of the team’s championship core is largely intact.

Donald, 31, has stayed at home in Pittsburgh during the Rams’ offseason training programs, but he is expected to be in attendance when the team opens its mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday.

Widely regarded as the most dominant defensive player in the sport, Donald proved his strength once again this past season. He capped four excellent postseason games by making the final defensive play to stop the Rams’ final drive in both the NFC title game and the Super Bowl.

Donald finished the regular season with a career-high 84 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks, his fifth straight season in double digits.

Donald also became the Rams’ career franchise leader in sacks while earning his eighth straight Pro Bowl selection.

He is the three-time winner of the AP Defensive Player of the Year Awards, which he received in 2017, 2018 and 2020. All-Pro Aaron Donald returning to LA Rams with a big raise

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