The Los Angeles Rams exercised its fifth-year option on All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald on Wednesday, ESPN reported. Los Angeles becomes the first team to exercise that right this year.
Donald is the best interior lineman in the league and has really put together a string of terrific seasons in his short career with the Rams. Donald might not have household recognition like J.J. Watt might have, but should the Rams start to win more games, he is quickly going to become the face of L.A.
Over the first three years of his career, Donald has racked up 28 sacks and 116 tackles. He is continuously ranked as one of the best linemen in Pro Football Focus’ rankings and has earned two first-team All-Pro selections and the 2014 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Donald will make just over $8 million in his fifth year with the Rams, but it gives Los Angeles some time to get some cash to sign Donald to a major extension and make him the face of the franchise when the team moves into its new building.