Mr. Kroenke tear down this wall!
The Cold War between Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams has finally come to an end, and the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year can head into camp before week one.
Quarterbacks everywhere felt an electricity in the air as one of the best defenses in the league locked down one of the most disruptive defensive players in the league; maybe of all time. Donald’s contract is a league record for a defensive player at six years and $135 million with $87 million guaranteed. For comparison the last contract to impact the league like this on that side of the ball was was Von Miller’s contract in 2016 when he signed a six year extension for $114 million with almost $70 million guaranteed.
Donald has been working on getting a new contract since last offseason when he sat out the entire pre season. He came into camp too late to play week one, but ended up going on to win DPOY only playing in 14 games. Last seasons campaign went a long way to show why Donald deserves to be the highest paid defensive player.
This offseason the Rams have paid lucrative contracts to several players such as Todd Gurley, Brandon Cooks, and Donald’s running mate Ndamakung Suh, leaving doubt on whether a deal would get done with Donald or not. Head coach Sean McVay came out earlier this week and expressed optimism that a deal would get done around the time of their fourth preseason game against the Saints. That game took place last night.
Los Angeles has been a popular pick as the team to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, and many of those picks were contingent upon getting Donald into the lineup. He joins five time pro bowler Suh, and pro bowl corners Aquib Talib and Marcus Peters in a Wade Phillips led defense that is sure to keep offensive coordinators up at night. You can call them the Dream Team, now that Donald’s holdout nightmare is over.