Aaron Donald not at Monday’s practice, season opener in serious jeopardy

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Aaron Donald continued his holdout Monday, via multiple tweets, putting his availability for Sunday’s season opener in serious jeopardy.

The Rams practiced without their All-Pro defensive tackle on what coach Sean McVay called the “first day of true preparation for our team and for the Colts.” With Tuesday the players off day, Donald isn’t likely to play this week.

Donald’s holdout will reach 38 days by the end of the week, amounting to $1.52 million in fines, according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. Donald’s contract calls for him to make a $1.80 million base salary this season.

There are no indications Donald and the Rams are any closer to a deal, although COO Kevin Demoff, general manager Les Snead and senior assistant Tony Pastoors flew to Atlanta last week to meet with Donald’s representatives at CAA.

25 responses to “Aaron Donald not at Monday’s practice, season opener in serious jeopardy

  1. Make Aaron’s life miserable – place him on whatever list he can be put on that strips him of money and prevents him from playing the entire season – let this jerk feel the pain of ZERO paychecks for 2017.

    I’m so sick of these selfish athletes – he is under contract and should man up and play to the terms he agreed to. Otherwise, make his life miserable.

  2. This is why the new rookie wage scale is bad for the league. Not only do vets get squeezed out, sometimes regardless if the younger, cheaper guy is better and judging from the declining quality of play in the league the last 6 or 7 years, often they are not), but it allows teams to use up good first rounders in the prime of their careers for peanuts. In the next CBA, instead of focusing on pie-in-the-sky proposals like guaranteed contracts, they should focus on making sure that all rookies maybe outside of QBs since they are the only ones getting paid in this climate can hit FA by their third year. I can rarely name a first round type of player who came into his own after that point. By then, you know what you have, and good players should be rewarded accordingly. As it is, lower round guys that make it come out better in the long run if they have a competent organization that extends them early since they get to the market earlier and can’t be controlled by the team option.

  3. laserw says:
    September 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm
    Make Aaron’s life miserable – place him on whatever list he can be put on that strips him of money and prevents him from playing the entire season – let this jerk feel the pain of ZERO paychecks for 2017.

    I’m so sick of these selfish athletes – he is under contract and should man up and play to the terms he agreed to. Otherwise, make his life miserable.
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    He never agreed to the contract. It was dictated to him by the union before he was a member. I don’t blame him for not wanting to play for peanuts with the Rams.

  4. For some reason they gave Austin top 5 money for pedestrian numbers and never thought to pay their true Superstar. What’s going to happen when Watkins asks for a super contract? Tag? That’s just a band aid. Gonna get ugly for the Whams.

  5. “I’m so sick of these selfish athletes – he is under contract and should play to the terms he agreed to”.

    He didn’t agree to those terms. The terms were thrust upon him by the rookie wage scale “agreed to” before Donald ever was drafted. Donald is the one if the top three defensive linemen in the league. He should be paid accordingly.

  6. Aaron didn’t choose this team or this contract and was in high school when the current CBA was negotiated. I hope he holds out for every last dollar he can get out of billionaire Stan Kroenke.

  7. Anyone who calls Donald selfish is totally uninformed, wildly bad at math, a troll, or all three. Dude is widely considered one of the top 3 defensive players in the NFL. In a totally free market, he’s getting $10M+ per year. His rookie contract (that he had no control over) pays him less than $2M.

    If you were Aaron Donald, what would you do? His next contract will pay him $50M+ if he doesn’t get hurt. Why would you risk that for $1.5M this year?

    He’s not a “selfish football player.” He’s doing the sensible thing for his career. It’s the same thing you would you do if you were in his situation. And if you say, “I’d respect my contract,” then you’re a fool.

  8. Rams have been negotiating a new deal with him for weeks. Who says he has to play under his rookie contract?

    There’s something in this new deal that he doesn’t like. That’s what he’s holding out over.

  9. Occam’s Whiskey Bottle says:

    Rams need to pay the guy or someone else eventually will…
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    They were paying him until he chose to not show up for work.

  10. I love the way the Rams management whines and complains about Donald being a no-show. They could have had him in camp in 24 hours if they just sat down, looked at what a lineman of his calibre earns, and pay him.

    Obviously they’re still low-balling him, and that’s why he’s not reporting.

    Look in the mirror Rams management, you’re the reason he’s not there.

  11. To all of you that are defending him because he is a top 5 defensive player and thinks he should be holding out, here are some things to keep in mind. 1. He has the privilege of playing in the NFL and the league has rules. 2. He is hurting his team and it doesn’t say much about him. 3. With your logic, Dak Prescott, E Elliot, Khalil Mack, OBJ, Joey Bosa and a whole bunch of other guys should be holding out as well. In the NFL, you’ve got to put your time in, it’s the same in baseball.

  12. Re @PrincePaul saying “He has the privilege of playing in the NFL and the league has rules.” … There is no privilege of playing in the NFL. You only play in the NFL if you’re good enough to play in the NFL. Yeah, that requires innate talent you’re born with, but it also requires doing 10+ years of things that put you in that topmost echelon of players.

    And you don’t have to play in the NFL. Guys walk away. Everything is market-based, just like your job and everyone you know’s job. If you knew your next employer was going to 5X or even 10X your salary in 12 months, would you perform the same level work for your current employer in the meantime, at a salary that was collectively bargained without you being involved in the process?

    No. You’d demand a new contract comensurate with your value or you’d just wait it out. Plus, the NFL has real injury risk that is miles above any risk you or I face in our day-to-day jobs.

    Yeah, he gets paid WAY more than you and me, whether it’s $1.5M or $10M. But that doesn’t matter when we’re talking about whether he has a right to hold out.

  13. Well LA fans I bet you didn’t realize what you were getting with a Kroenke run team? Welcome to the Kroenke world of sports management. The philosophy is “my teams are losers and poorly run, but I make money”.

  14. So, a team is able to squeeze a player to take less pretty much whenever they want.. and a player who is vastly outplaying his contract is in the wrong for asking for what he’s worth? If a team doesn’t have to fully honor the contract they offered, why should the player do the same? Furthermore, he never agreed to this contract, it was slotted by where he was drafted… he deserves every pennny he deserves.

  15. So, a team is able to squeeze a player to take less pretty much whenever they want.. and a player who is vastly outplaying his contract is in the wrong for asking for what he’s worth? If a team doesn’t have to fully honor the contract they offered, why should the player do the same? Furthermore, he never agreed to this contract, it was slotted by where he was drafted… he deserves every pennny he’s holding out for

  16. Without DT Aaron Donald the Rams D-Line won’t be that good at all and will get zero pass rush up front. Their top linemen without Donald are Michael Brockers and Ethan Westbrooks, neither is a good pass rusher, and at OLB they only have 30 something year OLB Connor Barwin who is starting to decline and only good for 4-7 sacks at this point & OLB Robert Quinn, who hasn’t been able to stay healthy and is on a steep decline due to injuries robbing him of his speed/quickness, Quinn only had 5.0 sacks in 2015 and had just 4.0 sacks last year in 2016, and complicating matters further he is dealing with a position change now and will have to learn play a lot further back off the ball standing up as an OLB. He also didn’t play all pre-season and was banged up in the pre-season, at this point in his career with the position change and new defense he is likely only good for 4.0-7.0 sacks this year as well and its very questionable to unlikely that he even plays all 16 games. The Rams defense no longer has anywhere near the caliber of pass rush they did just a couple years ago and will really struggle to field any kind of consistent pass rush, the Rams wasted the defense they had over the last 3-4yrs, this defense will be average at best. Rams will likely have the worst defense in that division this year, though the 49ers secondary is sooo utterly terrible they will def given the Rams a run for their money, its a toss up between those two.

  17. “He has the privilege of playing in the NFL”.

    Another lemming brainwashed by owner rhetoric. Playing in the NFL is an occupation, no different than any other job or profession. The players have talent, the owners pay them. No privilege to play is involved.

  18. Allegedly, there is a huge contract with lots of guaranteed money on the table, but Donald wants a three-year opt-out clause so he can come to the well again and remain the highest paid player at his position as contracts rise. The Rams would be insane to give him that kind of deal. If he want a big chunk of guaranteed money, he needs to give the Rams some guaranteed years. Donald doesn’t appear to be negotiating at all, he appears to be demanding things that are unreasonable and that other players haven’t gotten in their contracts.

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