Let’s talk money: Los Angeles Rams Aaron Donald is heading into his final year of his rookie contract, as he’s set to make about $3.2 million against the cap with collecting an additionally $1.8 million. However fans are hopeful the organization will land Donald for years to come as Aaron is looking for a big time contract. So how much could this contract be worth? Dan Graziano of ESPN believes the in a massive deal.
“Donald is playing his position unlike anyone else. Only nine players have more sacks than Donald’s 28 since 2014, and all nine are edge rushers; Donald does his damage from the interior. If he were to hit the open market, he’d have a case to beat Ndamukong Suh’s historic unrestricted free-agent deal that included nearly $60 million in full guarantees at signing. As it stands, Donald will at least look to top the $16.1 million a year Kawann Short just got from Carolina.”
Even DT Michael Brockers knows it’s time to pay the most overrated DT in the game today. Show him the money. “At the end of the day, that’s our brother,” Brockers said during a Sirius XM Radio appearance. “We’ll go to war with him and for him. We respect any decision. He deserves it. You look at the record, being the most dominant defensive tackle in the league, and he’s just making all these phenomenal numbers and stuff like that. And, obviously, pay the man. Obviously. He’s put in him some major work for this team and I think he deserves it.”
Aaron Donald will be getting paid near the top, or the actually top spot in the defensive tackle market. Via CBS Sports – Below is a photo of the top five defensive tackles contract’s and how much they are worth. It’s a lot of cash for the Rams, but they have the cap space for it. Expect anywhere near a 5-6 year deal in the $120 Million range. Also don’t forget about the guaranteed money which will be around half of his contract.
Another player to point out is defensive tackle Kawann Short who signed a a five-year, $80 million contract. That could easily push Donald’s contract to over $17-18 per year too. In my eyes, let’s get this deal done so we have the greatest player in the NFL back on the field and ready for camp.