Daron Payne, the defensive tackle fresh off his first Pro Bowl season with the Washington Commanders, has agreed to a four-year contract to rejoin the team for the 2023 season and beyond, according to multiple reports.
Payne and the commanders agreed to an extension worth $90 million, with $60 million guaranteed, according to The Associated Press. It’s the second-biggest contract for a defensive tackle in NFL history, behind only Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald’s contract that paid him $95 million and $65 million guaranteed.
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The commanders tweeted a very happy-looking emoji as news of the deal began making the rounds in the NFL world.
Payne had his best season with Washington yet in 2022. In 17 games, he had 11.5 sacks and 64 combined tackles. Both marks were his career highs. He also set his personal best for QB hits with 20 and passes defensed with five.
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He has played in every game since the 2020 season.
Washington selected Payne in the first round of the 2018 draft with the 13th pick. The Commanders’ defense was third in yards allowed and seventh in points allowed in 2022.
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The commanders now have Payne and Jonathan Allen locked into multi-year contracts while a decision looms over what to do with Chase Young. Washington has to decide if he accepts his fifth-year option. Young suffered a torn ACL in 2021 and missed much of his recovery for the 2022 season.
Associated Press contributed to this report.