AARON DONALD became the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history earlier this week.
The star defense tackle signed a new three-year, $95 million deal with $65 million in the first two years.
Donald, 31, declined to resign after speculating he could end his career after leading the Rams to Super Bowl glory.
And he will be the highest-paid player not to throw football when the 2022 NFL season begins in September.
Donald’s $65 million in the first two years of his contract means he will bank $32.5 million per season.
That’s more than the $30 million the Miami Dolphins agreed to wide receiver Tyreek Hill after signing him from the Kansas City Chiefs.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive star TJ Watt is the third-highest paid non-quarterback in 2022 at $28 million.
Two wide receivers in Davante Adams ($28 million) and DeAndre Hopkins ($27.25 million) round out the top five.
Los Angeles Chargers pass rusher Joey Bosa will be paid $27 million this season.
Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp also agreed to a new deal in LA this week.
The 2021 breakout star signed a three-year, $80 million deal with the reigning Super Bowl champion.
And that means he’ll take home $26.7 million in the 2022 NFL season.
Myles Garrett is the fourth pass rusher in the top eight with $25 million for the year.
Rounding out the top 10 are two other wide receivers in AJ Brown at $25 million and Stefon Diggs at $24 million.
Six of the ten highest-paid non-quarterbacks in the league are wide receivers this year.
But they still have a long way to go to match the $50.2 million that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will make this campaign.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/nfl/5528189/nfl-2022-highest-paid-players-aaron-donald/ Highest-paid non-quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL season after huge deals with Aaron Donald and Cooper Kupp