In case you haven’t noticed, the Los Angeles Rams have been without their best player - on either side of the football - for the majority of the offseason.
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who’s entering his fourth year in the NFL, is looking to get paid. And rightfully so. He’s now known for being one of, if not the, best interior defensive lineman in the entire league. He’s made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons. He lives in the opposition’s backfield. Yeah, he’s good.
The Rams, who’ve been known to make a few questionable (to put it very nicely) contractual moves over the past few years, have yet to successfully lock him up.
But it’s not for lack of trying.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined the Mike and Mike Show on Tuesday morning to discuss the matter. From his understanding the Rams have made “a very strong offer.” Apparently it just wasn’t strong enough:
Aaron Donald, when he gets a new deal, is going to make 60...65...70 million dollars in guaranteed money. Why would Aaron Donald go in, right now, to go play for $1.8 - $2M? Why would he do that? Ever? The Rams made, what I understand to be, a very strong offer right before camp; but I don’t think they’re going to budge as long as he’s out of camp. And he’s out of camp. And they’re not going to budge, so we’ve got a standoff...a standstill...whatever you want to call it, that I think threatens to go on for a while here. We may not see Aaron Donald for a while.
“A while” is certainly a subjective term. Objectively, it doesn’t matter. The Rams are without their best player, and the regular season kicks off in less that one month.
Schefter goes on to note that Donald is foregoing $40k a day by not participating in team activities. To you and I that may sound like a lot — but as the No. 1 Insider in the biz stated, he may soon have 60-70 million reasons to forget about those paltry fines.
It remains to be seen when the Rams get this deal done, but it would go a long way to ease the mind’s of a fan base - who will never forget how the Rams made Tavon Austin the third highest paid wide receiver in the NFL in 2017 - if they got it done sooner than later.