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Will LA Rams DT Aaron Donald Be A Holdout At Training Camp

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GM Les Snead responded to the question of whether or not the Rams’ best player will even show up when camp starts on Saturday.

Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald
Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald
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Rookies have arrived. Veterans report tomorrow. The first of 15 practices is on Saturday. The Los Angeles Rams 2017 Training Camp is nearly underway, but it might feature one notable absentee: DT Aaron Donald.

Donald is heading into his fourth professional season, the final of his original rookie contract after being selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. Three months ago, the Rams exercised their fifth-year option on Donald ensuring he will be under contract at least through the 2018 season, though they do so at an EXTREME discount given his talent level.

Donald will cost $3.225m for 2017 and $6.8m next year. He’s likely looking at a contract that averages $20m per year over its course, so you can see the savings through next year are substantial.

It’s the reason why Donald might be a holdout for training camp this year until he can get a new deal locked in place, a holdout that General Manager Les Snead addressed during his media availability today:

Veterans are scheduled to report tomorrow, so we’ll know which way this story is headed soon enough.

As it stands, it sounds like the Rams’ GM is prepared to welcome a holdout from the team’s best player.