AP source: Commanders, DT Payne agree on $90M, 4-year deal

The Washington Commanders have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with defensive tackle Daron Payne worth $90 million, with $60 million guaranteed, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract had not been announced.

It's the second-biggest contract for a defensive tackle, trailing only the deal that Aaron Donald signed with the Los Angeles Rams last year, which paid him $95 million ($65 million guaranteed).

Payne led Washington with a career-high 11 1/2 sacks last season. The Commanders put the franchise tag on him last month in the hopes of working out a long-term agreement.

The deal was first reported by ESPN.

Payne and fellow Alabama product Jonathan Allen are now each locked up on multiyear deals with Washington, which now has to decide whether to exercise the fifth-year option on pass rusher Chase Young. The 2020 No. 2 pick missed a vast majority of last season recovering from a torn ACL.


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Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press