The Los Angeles Rams have reached an agreement with DT Aaron Donald on a six-year, $135m contract extension making him a very wealthy man. Actually, it makes him the most wealthy defender in NFL history.
Pro Football Talk has the full breakdown of the Donald contract:
- Signing bonus: $40 million.
- 2018 base salary: $892,000, fully guaranteed at signing with no offset.
- 2019 base salary: $9.108 million, fully guaranteed at signing with no offset.
- 2020 base salary: $17 million, guaranteed for injury at signing, and fully guaranteed in March of 2019, with no offset.
- 2021 base salary: $19.892 million, guaranteed for injury at signing, and fully guaranteed in March of 2020, with no offset for $10 million of the total amount.
- 2022 base salary: $9.25 million, non-guaranteed.
- 2022 roster bonus: $5 million, due second day of league year.
- 2023 base salary: $14 million, non-guaranteed.
- 2023 roster bonus: $5 million, due second day of league year.
- 2024 base salary: $16.75 million, non-guaranteed.
- 2024 roster bonus: $5 million, due second day of league year.
Donald’s $40m dollar signing bonus will be the most a non-quarterback has ever received.
As Florio states, Donald will make $50m during the first two years of the deal, with all of it being fully guaranteed, and no offset language. By the third year, Donald will have pulled $67m in guaranteed money. The fourth year would result in $86.892m in guaranteed money received.
The “new money” average is $22.5m in average per year (APY). All-in-all, about what was generally expected albeit perhaps for a longer period of time. We’ll have a look at the salary cap outlay over the next few years up sometime over the weekend.
Today though, we celebrate.