Earlier this week, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers signed huge contract extensions. The next NFL star to cash out? Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald.
Donald and the Rams have reportedly agreed to a six-year, $135 million deal. That figure makes Donald the highest-paid defensive player in league history.
For the #Rams and DT Aaron Donald, it’s a 6-year extension worth $135M with $87M guaranteed. He gets a $40M signing bonus.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2018
Only five players (including Rodgers) have ever been given more guaranteed money at the time of signing their deals, and all five were quarterbacks.
There are 5 players (all QBs obviously) who were given more guaranteed money at signing than Aaron Donald:— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) August 31, 2018
Alex Smith ($55M)
Matt Stanford ($60M)
Aaron Rodgers ($78.7M)
Kirk Cousins ($84M)
Matt Ryan ($94.5M)
Donald, who turned 27 this summer, has spent all four of his NFL seasons with the Rams. He's racked up 39 sacks, or 9.8 per year, in addition to 205 tackles.
The Rams drafted Donald, who played his college ball at Pittsburgh, with the No. 13 pick in the 2014 draft. He's a four-time Pro Bowler and was named the 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Now, the question is: when will the Oakland Raiders bring out the Brink's trucks for stud defensive end Khalil Mack?
Khalil Mack watching OBJ and Aaron Donald get the bag pic.twitter.com/S6XVrwM5oV— Master (@MasterTes) August 31, 2018