- Los Angeles Rams reinvigorate defensive tackle Aaron Donald with contract status
- Donald assuming positions on odds boards which verify his status
- Former Pitt Panther is now the highest-paid non-QB in NFL
Donald’s Contract Underlines His Status With Rams
Once the Los Angeles Rams took a 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in February’s Super Bowl, the resiliency of many players was assumed almost immediately.
Name Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald in that list as he had 12.5 sacks with 3.5 of those arriving in the postseason. Donald brings in 98 sacks in eight seasons as six of those eight have allowed him to amass double digits in quarterback drops.
Donald, who showed up as a wedding crasher to Rams head coach Sean McVay’s wedding over the weekend, picked up a 40 million dollar raise which would spread over the last three seasons of his contract. He will earn $95 million over three years which is around $31.67 million dollars. It makes him the first player other than a quarterback to placate over $30 million per year.
Meanwhile, the Bengals start the season at home vs. the Steelers as a (-6.5) favorite while the Rams are (+1) on the Thursday night opener at home vs. Buffalo.
Burrow (+1300) is one of the favorites for the NFL MVP award. The Bengals are posted for 9.5 wins among sportsbooks as the OVER is among the lean.
Cincinnati, however, is posted at (+2200) to return to Super Bowl 57 and win it this season.
Rams’ DT Fashions Winnable Odds on NFL Boards
Donald became a major stress point for the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56 as he recorded two quarterback sacks among his four tackles.
He received the most bets as he had the fourth-best odds to win the Super Bowl’s MVP in sitting at (+1300) which was fourth among the players. Rams quarterback Matt Stafford (+125), Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (+230) and Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (+700) were the three players who notably had large bets and large odds.
Kupp grabbed the MVP nod as he had two touchdown catches as those were one-fourth of his catches as they put together 92 yards for the fifth-year wide receiver.
Donald’s success and reputation has become so strong that he had his own group of prop bets before this year’s Super Bowl. As he finished with four tackles and two sacks, he sat at (+165) to not record a quarterback drop in the game with (-115) that he would amass UNDER 4.5 tackles and assists. Donald’s MVP status sat at (+1600) while he nailed (-200) to record a full sack with the (+165) hinged for him not to get one of his patented QB drops.
Donald was also postured at (+350) to get the game’s first sack.
In the NFC:
Tampa Bay is favored to win the conference as the Buccaneers post (+320) odds to win the NFC while the Rams are second at (+500). Tampa Bay is with the second-best odds in the Super Bowl as the Buccaneers are set at (+750) as a Super Bowl favorite.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles has the fourth-best number as the Rams are set at (+1100) for back-to-back titles.
Fast Forward to the Fall for Aaron Donald
Donald was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2020, so now he is joined by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman T.J. Watt, who took home the title in 2021, and Browns defensive end Myles Garrett to win DPOY this season as all three players are favored by leading sitting with (+700) odds as of now.
The 31-year-old superstar will make $65 million over two seasons and $95 million through the 2024 NFL campaign. In any event, whether Donald is opening up bank vaults or not, his mission is still the same. He openly has commented that his goal is to help the Rams get back into the Super Bowl and craft another championship ring.
This idea conflicts with reports that Donald had talked about his own retirement upon the Rams’ win in Super Bowl 56.
As Donald joined the “I Am Athlete” podcast, he made it clear that he feels that there should not be such a long base between money quarterbacks make and other players at other positions.
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— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) June 6, 2022