23. Aaron Donald
It’s hard to call anyone making $22.5 million in a single season a bargain, but the label applies to Donald. The Rams front office looks smart for inking arguably the NFL’s most disruptive defender to a six-year, $135 million deal before the 2018 season.
The only risk in the deal from Los Angeles’ point of view is that it runs through Donald’s age-33 season. Nothing about his performance to date makes it seem like age-related regression is coming. The fact that he began the year by notching three sacks in his first five games makes it clear that he’s still a dominating defensive lineman.
Part of what makes Donald so exceptional is that he’s a standout pass rusher and run defender. The Rams generally line him up on the inside where his combination of power and quickness overwhelms offensive guards and centers.
Donald routinely brushes off double teams like they aren’t even there. He’s making a ton of money and he deserves every penny. The Rams’ front office has no complaints about this deal.