He was contemplating retirement after finally winning Super Bowl LVI to bag the only trophy that has evaded him throughout his impressive career.
The defensive tackle has nothing left to prove after winning Defensive Player of the Year honors three times.
Likewise, he has been a First-Team All-Pro selection seven times.
However, the Rams pulled an ace from their sleeve to motivate Donald to return.
As always, it’s difficult to refuse additional money, especially for someone who is looking to make the most of his career.
This financial incentive enticed Donald to anchor the Rams’ defense once again.
Key note here: This is not an extension for Donald, who had three years and $55 million left on his old deal. The #Rams’ willingness to add $40M — and guarantee $65M of the new $95M total over three years — shows how real the retirement possibility was. https://t.co/wjM3GNmoL7
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 6, 2022
NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero tweeted, “Key note here: This is not an extension for Donald, who had three years and $55 million left on his old deal. The #Rams’ willingness to add $40M — and guarantee $65M of the new $95M total over three years — shows how real the retirement possibility was.”
Given that he is seemingly indestructible, the Rams will get their money’s worth on Donald.
He will pressure himself to continually perform at an elite level.
But aside from the additional guaranteed money, the former Pitt Panther would like to experience winning the Super Bowl again.
Rams Have A Strong Shot Of Repeating As Champions
Donald wouldn’t forgive himself if the Rams won another Super Bowl without him.
Therefore, he would like to pour everything he has to potentially take home another Vince Lombardi Trophy.
What a reward would it be if Donald gets another championship ring while saving more money in the bank.