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Aaron Donald is one of the most formidable defensive linemen in the NFL and training with him seemed to be more painful than previously thought.
Donald was spotted at Los Angeles Rams practice on Saturday lining up against one of the team’s rookies. Donald then put his right hand around the neck of undrafted rookie Elijah Garcia and moved to the side before swimming around him.
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Garcia, a defensive lineman for Rice, took a crash course in the difficulty of being an offensive lineman trying to block Donald. Even if Donald was moving at half speed, having the hand of a 6-foot-1, 280-pound NFL superstar around his neck can’t be fun.
Donald added a Super Bowl ring to his impressive resume last season as the Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals. He quashed his fears of retiring after the win, signing a contract extension with Los Angeles, which in turn made the seven-time All-Pro a well-paid man.
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According to the NFL Network, Donald got a $40 million raise. He is expected to receive $65 million guaranteed over the next two seasons and $95 million through 2024.
Since joining the Rams in 2014, Donald has played at least 16 games in seven of the eight years he has played. He’s won Defensive Player of the Year three times and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2014. He’s been a Pro Bowl nominee in each of his eight professional seasons.
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He had 84 tackles and 12.5 sacks in 2021.