Aaron Donald doesn’t show up for training camp

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Rams G.M. Les Snead said recently that the team is working to find a resolution to defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s contract. Apparently, they’re not working hard enough for Donald’s liking.

Donald didn’t report for the start of camp, according to multiple reports.

Since he has fewer than four years of service, he’d lose a year of credit toward free agency if he doesn’t report within 30 days before the NFL’s regular-season opener. But since the 2014 first-round pick has two years left under contract but is only one year of service away from being eligible for free agency, the year of service toward free agency doesn’t matter.

Seven years ago, cornerback Darrelle Revis held out beyond the 30-day deadline despite having only three years of service. Eventually, he got his contract.

Given that the Rams actively have been negotiating with Donald, the holdout could be the spark to get the job done.

Donald was taken one spot after Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who showed up for training camp despite not yet having a new deal.

17 responses to “Aaron Donald doesn’t show up for training camp

  1. Nothing good (rarely) comes from holding out of camp.
    The player just ends up losing money and ticks off the fan base and ends up showing up anyways.

  2. Nothing good (rarely) comes from holding out of camp.
    The player just ends up losing money and ticks off the fan base and ends up showing up anyways.
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    You forgot to mention, then when he does come in he’s out of shape, promptly gets hurt and misses even more time.

  3. I’m a Rams fan so I’m used to this incompetence by the FO. Unless this contract is backloaded there’s no way they can afford to do this this year but yet they franchise Trumaine Johnson and are basically paying him $16 million for one year before he bolts in free agency.

  4. Players have no other leeway except to pressure the front office by either missing voluntary workouts or skipping the start of training camp. Donald has to play the hand he has..

  5. If the Rams had played their cards right the could have had Donald and Mack, and maybe even traded up and grabbed Carr. That was my draft scenario for them in 2014. If I had been running the team that year the Spams would have won it all last year. Thank god I am a Raiders fan and we got 2 of 3 and we get 4th Lombardi this year.

  6. Under the Snead regime the Rams have drafted below average, and have let a lot of their good young players walk in free agency. Jenkins, McLeod, McDonald, and now they can’t get a deal done with Donald. But at least they locked up their superstar WR Tavon Austin to a bunch of cash.

  7. painsyndicate says:
    Jul 28, 2017 3:57 PM
    And liberals everywhere rejoice.

    Douchbags everywhere rejoice!

  8. But since the 2014 first-round pick has two years left under contract but is only one year of service away from being eligible for free agency, the year of service toward free agency doesn’t matter.
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    Are you saying he can void the 5th year club option by not showing up?

    Seems like a bogus loophole. If that’s the case, why wouldn’t all first round picks do this?

  9. Are you saying he can void the 5th year club option by not showing up?

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    Basically he can’t void the 5th year option as that is in the hands of the team. If he holds out this year, then along with not being paid, the 4th year of his contract will toll over to next year, and as the team has already exercised their option for the 5th year, that will still be in effect the year after.

    So he either turns up and plays in 2017, or he will still be under team control through the 2019 season.

  10. Kroenke is totally focused on building his stadium. This is another faceless owner who’s shown no leadership since he acquired the lambs. The years of strong, devoted NFL franchise ownership are changing. The parameters for ownership in the NFL are money and more money. The NFL allows teams to relocate and betray their decades old fan bases. The latest classic example is the Chargers who’s owner is simply setting up the team for sale, believing he’ll get more for it in L-a-L-a-Land. Not so fast. I’m not certain as the Carson team won’t be building a fan base there and the move is already showing signs of unraveling. Next up..the Raiders. Screw the fan base and get the money. Next up..the Bills to San Antonio…on and on. Ownership has got to wake up and stop believing an already over-taxed fan base will build their stadiums for them.

  11. eramming says:
    Jul 28, 2017 6:44 PM
    painsyndicate says:
    Jul 28, 2017 3:57 PM
    And liberals everywhere rejoice.

    Douchbags everywhere rejoice!
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    Those are not mutually exclusive.

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