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The deal is worth $ 135 million, including $ 87 million guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
It is the richest defensive business in NFL history and has been able to hold Donald with the Rams through the 2024 season.
star defensive tackle is the latest to get a big deal from the Rams. But with Jared Goff's contract, the window for a title is small and expensive.
Now with a record deal, Donald heard from his NFL brothers, heaping their praise on the All-Pro.
1 Related  "I feel good now," Donald said Friday after attending a one-hour training session with the team. "That's what this is about."
Rams General Manager Les Snead said Donald had come to a meeting at the team's training facility 35 minutes earlier Friday morning to complete the deal.
He was jacked up, "Snead said. "It was good to see him."
Donald's stamina lasted throughout the training camp, but he will play against the Oakland Raiders in the season opener of the team on Monday, September 10th.
Donald spent the offseason training at Pittsburgh, where he played at school and trained with his former power and speed coach.
"I feel fine," said Donald. "You still have to go into football mode when there are pass-rush moves, and it will only get a bit rusty, which will come in a few days."
The Rams have six scheduled exercises in front of the opener. Coach Sean McVay said that Donald would follow a similar pattern as last season – when he held until the eve of the opening race and was activated in the second week – with some modifications.
|Aaron Donald, DT||6 years, $ 135 million||$ 87 million|
|Brandin Cooks, WR||5 Years, $ 81 Million||$ 50.5M|
|Todd Gurley, RB||4 yrs, $ 57.5M||$ 45M|
|Rob Havenstein, OT||4 yrs, $ 32.5M||$ 16.2M|
|– ESPN Stats & Information|
"We have a strategic plan in the coming weeks to bring him up to date, "said McVay. "Be smart where you get this physical work, but you want to make sure he's fresh and ready to go for that date on Monday night."
Donald was in the first round in 2014 and went into his last year of his rookie contract, earning $ 6.9 million this season.
Donald, a three-time All-Pro, four-time Pro Bowl selection and 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year, has 39 career bags and nine forced fumbles.
His contract termination ensures that the Rams open the season intact with their highly regarded defense. They traded All-Pro Cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters and signed the All-Pro Lineman Ndamukong Suh in a freelance agency
"To see him on the training field right now, we've set ourselves," Snead said , "Now you're just looking forward to playing and playing a game and seeing this bunch collapse and come together."
Donald's expansion is a 2017 work-in-progress.
Negotiations began after the Rams' 4-12 The 2016 season, in which Donald, who was a third-year professional at the time, With eight sacks, five forged passports and two forced fumbles ended
Donald did not participate in the voluntary offseason program, but contacted the minicamp to avoid fines. Then he stopped the training camp and announced himself on the eve of the season opener 2017 in the practice of the team without a new contract came about. He was activated in week 2.
Donald's absence through training camps barely affected his game as he finished his fourth season with 11 sacks and five enforced fumbles in 14 games and was voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The Rams conquered NFC West and made their first playoff appearance since 2004.
Donald then resumed his holdout pattern when the Rams entered the offseason. He did not participate in organized team activities and did not report to the prescribed minicamp.
While the Rams once feared that Donald might miss a part of the season, Snead said that a contract resolution prior to a preseason opener against the […] Baltimore Ravens more than three weeks ago.
Donald expressed relief on Friday that the dispute was over.
"It was a stressful time for me," Donald said. "My family, they kept me focused and I just kept working, honing, had to trust the process.
" Well, it's over now and I'm just happy to be here, back with my boy, back with these coaches and play football again. "