It’s official: Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald is a hold out at 2017 training camp amid a contract dispute.
The fourth-year pro has been angling for a contract extension since April when the Rams exercised their fifth-year option on the 2014 NFL Draft first-round pick.
It’s worth the perspective of remembering that a year ago, the Rams offered a contract extension to WR Tavon Austin after three seasons following three underwhelming seasons on the field. Donald, who after three seasons is considered arguably the best player in the entire NFL, is inarguably more deserving of a payday, a fact that certainly isn’t agreed upon by Donald, his representation and the Rams.
Spin it how you want, it’s not a good look for a team that had its last winning season in 2003 and returned to Los Angeles with a 4-12 season. So as things stand, the Rams are heading into their first training camp under new Head Coach Sean McVay without their best player.
(UPDATED at 3:17pm ET)
And per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, not much progress has been made on the contract negotiations...
The #Rams have their conditioning test in 30 minutes. Aaron Donald has stayed away. The sides have spoken about a contract. Little progress— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 28, 2017