LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Rams are determined to repeat as NFL Champions and offered All-Pro Defensive End Aaron Donald $95 million reasons to postpone retirement, making him the highest paid defensive player in history.
Donald and the Rams reworked his current deal on June 6. Donald gets a $40 million raise through 2024, which are the final years of his contract. The 31-year-old strongly hinted at retiring after the 23-20 Super Bowl LVI victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium. Donald is the best defensive player in the NFL, he is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and he finished the 2021 season with 12.5 sacks earning him his eighth All-Pro selection.
“It’s about winning for me, and the pieces are here for that to come to fruition. And for me to be a piece to the puzzle right now, it’s a blessing,” said Donald. The future first ballot Hall of Fame DT pressured Bengals Quarterback Joe Burrow into an errant throw on fourth down during the Super Bowl.
“Mr Kronke knows how important it is to really be able to take care of your foundational guys that have done an outstanding job,” said Rams Head Coach Sean McVay referring to Owner Stan Kronke’s reward.
Aaron accolades in the NFL are phenomenal. In eight seasons, he has recorded 98 sacks, he is one of three defensive players to earn a pro Bowl selection in each of their first 8 NFL seasons, alongside Hall of famers Lawrence Taylor and Derrick Thomas.
“What’s up, it’s Aaron Donald. Let’s go get us another ring. Why not?” Donald tweeted. The Rams are stacked, let the games begin.