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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Los Angeles Rams contract negotiations with DL Aaron Donald

#paytheman #please

There is expected to be a wait for [Los Angeles Rams DL] Aaron Donald and his contract extension. The Rams are trying to get it done. It seems nothing is on the horizon. Probably the start of training camp may be a better benchmark for that, but they do have a lot of other priorities that are kinda just waiting right now. They have a potential Brandin Cooks deal. That is one. You have Todd Gurley potentially. That is another. It seems everyone is waiting to see if the Rams’ #1 priority, getting Aaron Donald done, actually happens.

Ah. The ‘P’ word.


Back in January, Donald’s contract extension wasn’t the first priority according to General Manager Les Snead. Today, apparently according to Rapoport’s sources, it is. Perhaps getting on the other side of free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft has changed things?

It certainly doesn’t inspire confidence to go from “will” to “if.” It also doesn’t help that that “P” word will forever be linked to Snead’s comments at the 2016 scouting combine where Snead suggested that re-signing the four members of the secondary (CB Janoris Jenkins, CB Trumaine Johnson, S Rodney McLeod and S T.J. McDonald) was “Priority A”. The Rams signed none of them to contract extensions; all four have found major paydays elsewhere.

It’s not a groundbreaking report. Rap has to cover all 32 teams for NFL Network viewers and most aren’t as tuned in to our 2019 free agent outlook as TST readers are, obviously. But when “will” starts to turn to “if”, when other players are watching how this plays out, when we’re getting closer and closer to camp with Donald heading into his fifth-year option season, it’s hard to stave off growing concern of whether or not a deal will get done.