Aaron Donald ends holdout with record deal from the LA Rams

Donald was chosen for the Pro Bowl after each of his four NFL seasons.

Aaron Donald
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald tries to fire up the crowd during a game against the Seattle Seahawks in 2016. –Kelvin Kuo / The Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald has agreed to a massive new contract with the Los Angeles Rams, ending his second consecutive preseason holdout as the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

The Rams on Friday announced a new six-year deal through 2024 for Donald, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Donald is already under contract this season for $6.89 million.

ESPN and the NFL Network reported the new deal is worth $135 million over six years, with a $40 million signing bonus and $87 million guaranteed.

Donald was chosen for the Pro Bowl after each of his four NFL seasons. The 27-year-old Pitt product is the centerpiece of the Rams’ defense and one of the NFL’s most dominant linemen.

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