Los Angeles Times

Commanders give Payne a rich deal


The New York Jets and linebacker Quincy Williams agreed on a three-year contract worth $18 million. … Buffalo agreed to sign linebacker Matt Milano to a two-year contract extension, a move that frees up $6 million in salary cap space. ... Wide receiver Sterling Shepard agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Giants for $1.16 million. ... Safety

Tashaun Gipson Sr. will return for a second season with San Francisco after agreeing to a one-year contract worth a reported $2.9 million.

The Washington Commanders are keeping Daron Payne around thanks to the second-biggest contract for a defensive tackle behind only seven-time All-Pro Aaron Donald.

The Commanders agreed to terms with Payne on a four-year contract worth $90 million, with $60 million guaranteed, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract had not been announced.

Donald signed a contract last year with the Rams that paid him $95 million, with $65 million guaranteed.

Payne led Washington with a career-high 111⁄2 sacks last season. The Commanders put the franchise tag worth $18.9 million on him last month in the hopes of working out a long-term agreement.

The agreement means Payne and fellow Alabama product Jonathan Allen, also a defensive lineman, both have multiyear deals with Washington, which next must decide whether to exercise the fifth-year option on pass rusher Chase Young.

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