Aaron Donald Makes Big $17 Million Purchase

Aaron Donald

Getty Aaron Donald chats with a ref during Super Bowl 56.

Aaron Donald has even more reason to celebrate this offseason.

The Los Angeles Rams’ star defensive tackle and his wife, Erica, purchased a $17 million home, according to records obtained by Dirt. The house is a “modern farmhouse-style spread” located in the Hidden Hills gated community, about an hour north of Los Angeles.

Details of Donald’s New Home

Donald’s new mansion has a lot of impressive features. Built in 1983, the house has been renovated to have eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms over the near-12,000 square foot property.

The house has a mirrored gym that includes a steam shower and a sauna along with a movie theater and game room. Exterior features include an infinity-edge pool and spa with a lighted waterfall and a sundeck, a decked-out barbecue pavilion, a four-stall barn with a turnout and a furnaced guesthouse.

The house was originally listed at $21 million, according to Dirt, but the price was dropped to slightly less than $20 million before Donald bought it for $17.1 million earlier this month. Donald Lockton, who was the seller of the house, bought the property for $15 million in May 2019, according to Dirt.

Besides the home’s size and amenities, another selling point might have been its proximity to the homes of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and head coach Sean McVay, who live in the same neighborhood, according to Dirt.

Donald’s new purchase comes weeks after he placed his previous Los Angeles mansion, in the suburb of Calabasas, on the market. It is listed at $6.25 million on the market, which is $1.5 million more than he and his wife bought the house for in 2019, according to Sportico.

Donald’s Future in Los Angeles

Shortly before the 2022 Super Bowl’s kickoff, NBC’s Rodney Harrison said in a televised interview that Donald told him that he could retire following the game if the Rams won.

However, Donald appeared to quash the retirement rumors in a brief February 18 interview with TMZ Sports as he was en route to the Rams’ Super Bowl parade, saying “We bring everybody back, I’m back.”

But the Rams still have some work to do with Donald. Both sides are looking to agree to a contract extension. Even though Donald still has three years left on his six-year, $135 million, a contract extension could be beneficial for both sides because it could give Donald, the Rams’ highest-paid players, a pay increase while opening up cap space for Los Angeles.

Donald, who turns 31 in May, held out for all of training camp and the preseason before signing his current deal in August 2018, which made him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. But entering the fourth year of his deal, Donald’s set to be the sixth-highest paid defensive player in the NFL for the 2022 season with a $22.5 million salary, per Spotrac.

Donald’s certainly given the Rams reasons to make him one of, if not the highest-paid defender for the 2022 season and beyond. He’s a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, winning the award twice (2018 and 2020) since signing his current deal. He’s also made first-team All-Pro in all four seasons since he signed his current deal. Perhaps most importantly, Donald made several key plays in the Rams’ run to winning Super Bowl LVI, including a game-sealing pressure that gave Los Angeles the ball back following a Cincinnati failed fourth-down conversion. Donald also had two sacks and three quarterback hits in the game.

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