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(UPDATED) Los Angeles Rams finalizing 6-year, $135m contract extension for DL Aaron Donald

Finally. They paid the man.

Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald
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The Los Angeles Rams have finally agreed to terms on a contract extension with DL Aaron Donald making him the highest paid non-quarterback in the NFL:

Amid a contentious process that began in 2017 and saw a protracted holdout that led into a second such holdout this offseason, the Rams and Donald continued to close the gap before finally coming to terms.

The deal resets the market for non-QBs and defensive players as it completely overhauls the ceiling.

Donald was drafted 13th overall by the Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft. He’s spent all four years of his career as a defensive star for the Rams, reeling in four Pro Bowls, three first-team All-Pros, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year and the 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Donald has accumulated 148 tackles, 39 sacks, 8 pass deflections, and 9 forced fumbles in his short yet illustrious career.

With Donald finally locked down, the Rams are full steam ahead toward the 2018 regular season with higher expectations than the franchise has carried in more than a decade.

Update: Donald is going to be a very rich man: