Perhaps there is light on the horizon, or perhaps it’s just more rhetoric, but Snead seems to be indicating that the chasm between the team and Aaron Donald may not be as large as some have indicated.
Les Snead said the Rams and Aaron Donald are “in the same zip code, area code, ballpark” when it comes to contract talks. “Zip code usually means you’re close but you still haven’t agreed,” Snead said.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) August 8, 2018
Hopefully, Donald’s zip code will be near the Rams practice facility sooner rather than later.
Also, the Rams apparently have a standing offer waiting for their star defensive lineman. While that could have been assumed to be the case, Snead confirmed the offer was available.
As to what that offer is, who knows?
Kevin Demoff recently commented to the Mighty 1090’s Scott and BR that all numbers reported in the media so far have been wrong.
Snead also confirmed that the August 7th deadline- after which Donald’s eventual free agent status would shift to restricted- was insignificant. Of course, should a deal be struck, none of that will be relevant.
Snead said there was an offer on the table. Rams never considered Aug 7 date significant to getting deal done.— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) August 8, 2018
Stay tuned, but with the Rams only entering Week 1 of preseason there is no real sense of urgency, so even if the two parties are in the same zip code, there can still be weeks of give and take.
Last year, Donald missed the entire preseason.
Hopefully common ground is found over the coming weeks, and the Rams roster will be fully loaded entering a season in which they carry genuine championship aspirations.