Rams and Aaron Donald have had no movement toward a new contract

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As Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald continues his training camp holdout, he’s no closer to a new contract.

Rams General Manager Les Snead said there hasn’t been any movement from either side toward meeting somewhere in the middle on a long-term extension for Donald.

Not any movement,” Snead said, via ESPN. “There is hope. There’s hope that he’ll be a Ram a long time.”

Donald is arguably the best defensive player in the league, so it’s easy to see why he thinks he deserves to be among the highest-paid players in the league. But the Rams have Donald under contract for $1.8 million this year and $6.9 million next year, so it’s easy to see why they’re in no hurry to give him a huge pay raise. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if there’s no movement between the two sides any time soon. The biggest question is whether Donald will show up in time for the regular season, or whether he’s willing to miss game checks to demonstrate just how valuable he is to the Rams.

14 responses to “Rams and Aaron Donald have had no movement toward a new contract

  1. Everyone ays the NFL holds all the cards when it comes to contracts with a player, but how can anyone say that’s true when you can have a player under contract … (that HE agreed to) … and then the player can withhold his services anyway. It doesn’t work that way in the real world.

  2. Imagine being the best at your position and making 1/32 of what the average player at the same position makes, now would you risk any future value by coming back to play for the rams? Not always a fan of holdouts but this one is justified.

  3. For the first time in years we have some hope that the offense won’t stink everything up to much and then Aaron Donald holds out. The life of a ram fan.

  4. That whole draft class is full of superstars “making 1/32 of the average player” . They are all basically stuck in the same situation, but everyone else is there with their teams.

  5. Mack is in the same boat but is smart enough to realize the team doesn’t want to start a new precedent for renegotiation of contracts with 2 years left on them. All Mack and Donald have to do is go out and have another great year and come next offseason, they WILL get paid. Both will be 1-2 in highest dollars paid to defensive players. Bank on it!

  6. To be fair, he only agreed to the pay scale contract set for draft picks. That being said, honor your contract. If your career ends tomorrow you wont starve on 8M dollars.

  7. Donald is smart to hold out. Show up week 6 or whatever time needed to have season count, do it again next year if he has to….being the top Dlineman in football is worth 18 mil, not 2. Career could be altered or ended @ any moment so waiting for next contract just doesn’t make sense.

  8. I don’t see all these honoring the contract statements on articles where players get cut. Why is it that only players are the ones who get heat when they don’t honor the contract.

  9. ramfanmatt says:
    August 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm
    I don’t see all these honoring the contract statements on articles where players get cut. Why is it that only players are the ones who get heat when they don’t honor the contract.
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    If the team cuts a player, it is usually because a player isn’t living up to his end of the contract. Also, the player is then free to sign with another team immediately. Not even close to the same thing.

  10. ramfanmatt says:
    I don’t see all these honoring the contract statements on articles where players get cut. Why is it that only players are the ones who get heat when they don’t honor the contract.

    As has been explained to you before, teams ARE honoring the contract they signed when they cut a player. Players who try to hold out for more money while still under contract ARE NOT honoring the deal they signed.
    I won’t do your homework for you. If you truly want to know how NFL contract are worded and how they work — and why you’re wrong — then do some research and look it up. Otherwise, you can continue leaving that same comment, which is apples to oranges and runs contrary to the facts.

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