Aaron Donald ends holdout with record deal

DT becomes highest-paid defensive player in NFL

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Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (#99)

Los Angeles Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald has ended his holdout with a deal that makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

The Rams officially announced the extension Friday morning.

The new six-year deal for the 27-year-old will be tacked onto his $6.89 million contract for this upcoming season, taking him through 2024.

While the Rams did not disclose the financial aspects of the extension, ESPN and the NFL Network reported Donald's new deal is worth an additional $135 million, with a $40 million signing bonus and $87 million guaranteed.

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year sat out his second straight preseason this year as he sought a new deal.

Donald, who played collegiately at Pitt, has been selected for the Pro Bowl in each of his four NFL seasons so far.

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