Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, shown Feb. 13, 2022, recorded 84 total tackles and 12.5 sacks over 17 regular-season games in 2021. File Photo by Jon SooHoo/UPI | License Photo
June 6 (UPI) -- All-Pro defensive tackle and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award winner Aaron Donald is returning to the Los Angeles Rams after signing a reworked contract that will make him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the league.
League sources told ESPN and NFL Media on Monday that Los Angeles reworked Donald's deal to give him a $40 million raise over the last three years of his existing pact. The reworked contract brings the total value of Donald's agreement to $95 million over three years, making him the first non-quarterback to eclipse $30 million per season.
The Rams later confirmed Donald's restructured deal on social media, though the team declined to provide financial details.
"It's a big deal," Rams head coach Sean McVay said Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio's Town Hall. "And he's earned it. He truly is one of one, in my opinion. Means so much to me, to our organization. I think the respect that he's garnered around this league from guys that have done it at such a high level, what he's accomplished through his eight years, is unparalleled.
"So [we] wanted to be able to find a solution to getting him taken care of, having him continue to lead the way for our team, for our defense. We had a feeling it was trending in the right direction when he was at my wedding Saturday night."
The contract, which was negotiated by agent Todd France, includes $65 million guaranteed in the first two years, according to ESPN, and it is structured so that Donald can either retire or return for the 2024 season for an additional $30 million guaranteed. The restructured pact also features a no-trade clause.
The 31-year-old Donald, who previously hinted at retirement if he didn't receive a new deal, underwent his physical and signed the contract Monday. The Rams are set to begin their mandatory minicamp Tuesday.
Donald recorded 84 total tackles and 12.5 sacks over 17 regular-season games in 2021. He notched 3.5 sacks in the playoffs during the Rams' run to their Super Bowl championship.