Aaron Donald ends holdout, reports to Rams

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In a surprise move on the eve of the season, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has ended his holdout.

A league source tells PFT that Donald showed up today and passed his physical. He’s back with the team.

That comes as a surprise, just a day after Rams coach Sean McVay confirmed that Donald won’t play tomorrow against the Colts.

Donald was risking losing $106,014 a week while he was out, and he has apparently calculated that he’d rather not miss out on his weekly game checks. He still wants a long-term contract that makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL, and he still may get it. But for now he’s ready to go back to work, on his old contract.

17 responses to “Aaron Donald ends holdout, reports to Rams

  1. Smart Move, NFL= Not For Long. You deserve more than the 1.8 million they’re paying you, but thats still a lot of money and you can’t afford to risk losing a year’s worth of earnings. Hope you stayed in shape, dominate this season, and get your payday soon enough.

  2. It was doomed from the start considering how out of control rookie contracts got prior to the signing of the current CBA.

  3. Aaron Donald has made more money through 3 seasons in the NFL than the average working man makes in his entire lifetime.
    I understand that Aaron Donald is underpaid when he is compared to other top of the position ladder athletes. However, athletes need to realize the enormous advantageous they have been blessed with. First and foremost the minimum NFL salary, is NINE times that of the average median income. And then to top it off, they do not work a full year. They only work from July-December. The vast majority of offseason work is optional and many athletes even get paid to work out. So holding out like Aaron Donald and Duane Brown is a massive finger to the fans who are the reason the NFL exists.

  4. Show me the damn money!!!😡

    This guy is brilliant. You must push the NFL owner’s to give you the money. Football players are getting screwed compared to basketball and baseball players. The risk is MUCH higher and the reward is MUCH lower.😂

  5. magikskillz says:

    September 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Aaron Donald has made more money through 3 seasons in the NFL than the average working man makes in his entire lifetime.
    I understand that Aaron Donald is underpaid when he is compared to other top of the position ladder athletes. However, athletes need to realize the enormous advantageous they have been blessed with. First and foremost the minimum NFL salary, is NINE times that of the average median income. And then to top it off, they do not work a full year. They only work from July-December. The vast majority of offseason work is optional and many athletes even get paid to work out. So holding out like Aaron Donald and Duane Brown is a massive finger to the fans who are the reason the NFL exists.

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    Do the average working man also have to worry about blowing out his knee, suffering concussions, and developing CTE doing their average working job? No, so it’s dumb to compare the average working salary to an NFL salary. Also the average working man job performance is not for the entertainment of others.

  6. It shows all he cares about is the money. Shows up at the last day just to get a paycheck. He wont play tomorrow hurting his team and who know if he will be ready next week. Pathetic display by their franchise player. Donald and Kroenke are a match made in ilk heaven.

  7. magikskillz says:
    September 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm
    Aaron Donald has made more money through 3 seasons in the NFL than the average working man makes in his entire lifetime.
    I understand that Aaron Donald is underpaid when he is compared to other top of the position ladder athletes. However, athletes need to realize the enormous advantageous they have been blessed with. First and foremost the minimum NFL salary, is NINE times that of the average median income. And then to top it off, they do not work a full year. They only work from July-December. The vast majority of offseason work is optional and many athletes even get paid to work out. So holding out like Aaron Donald and Duane Brown is a massive finger to the fans who are the reason the NFL exists.

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    Coming from someone reading NFL blogs and driving up their paychecks. No other job puts a cap on how much money someone can make and when they can make it. Do they make too much money? Yes, they probably do but if it was a free market they’d make much much more. Also If I have to choose between the owner getting more money (and moving the team as they see fit) or the player, I’ll side with the player.

  8. His union is the reason he is getting hosed….period
    He signed the contract and when it’s his time he will get paid but the owner is not obligated to change the deal until he has too

    Risk of the game aside…it’s hard to feel sorry for somebody making over a million dollars a year and save the ” their career is so short ” comments
    To the guy that said no other job caps your earnings…….any union job does exactly that because the wages are in a Contract aka the Collective Bargaining Agreement

  9. Aaron Donald has made more money through 3 seasons in the NFL than the average working man makes in his entire lifetime.
    I understand that Aaron Donald is underpaid when he is compared to other top of the position ladder athletes. However, athletes need to realize the enormous advantageous they have been blessed with. First and foremost the minimum NFL salary, is NINE times that of the average median income. And then to top it off, they do not work a full year. They only work from July-December. The vast majority of offseason work is optional and many athletes even get paid to work out. So holding out like Aaron Donald and Duane Brown is a massive finger to the fans who are the reason the NFL exists.

    You guys are really missing the point here. If an athlete really thinks they deserve more money they can just quit the NFL and go get a real job. These guys complain about million dollar plus yearly figures when getting a 50k per year job is hitting the lottery. And cte, concussions, etc is a joke. I’m sorry but if you shouldn’t get your cake and get to eat it too. You don’t need a phd to realize that physically absurd specimens hitting each other at high speeds is unsafe. The players know the risks involved and don’t care because they get at least NINE times the amount they would make with a real job. And Duane Brown is ever worse. He is making over 9 million on his contract this year. These guys are incredibly blessed and they sit back and scream give me more.

  10. Don’t care how much money you are making. If you are being underpaid for you productivity, cant blame someone for holding out.

    Take “normal” jobs out of the equation, they dont matter in this case. This guy is one of the BEST 3 techs in the league, he should be paid like one. END OF STORY. Dont care if hes still making a lot of money, hes not getting paid what hes worth. If i had a minimum wage job, should i be happy because im better off than half the world?

    NO, because there are levels to this. NFL players are not in our league, especially stars. Aaron Donald should not take into consideration how much Joe Blow makes when he takes into account his worth. The worth that the market makes for him

  11. Smart guy. Sits out, gets over a mil in fines and then comes back with no change to his situation.

    I love the people supporting him and others who do this because they have outplayed their contracts. So if he had turned out to be a dud then should he have paid back a lot of his guaranteed first round contract?

    These NFL players are mensa card carriers. They whine about the previous rookie contracts being insane and now whining about the current system. I expect the next CBA will go too much the other way and they’ll be whining about rookies making too much yet again.

    I also like this belief that NFL owners are limitless money pits and that they could afford NFL players getting their “true” values. NFL owners don’t make nearly as much money as so many fans seem to think since there is more to the costs than just player salaries. The Packers being public show what most of the top franchises may be making and in the 2015/2016 fiscal year they had a $49 million net income. Even if you had an owner only making say 10 mil a year (unlikely they’d be fine with that given the risks they take), how are you going to take 39 mil and spread it out for a team of 50+ players when they all want more? The top 15 players on each team probably think they should be making another 3+mil per year.

    But hey, dump the cap and have all these players whine and demand tens of more millions and watch the NFL collapse as the only way to possibly pay for that would be to jack up ticket and merchandise costs and all these silly fans whining now about how these poor millionaire athletes are getting screwed over will whine then and not pay.

  12. Welcome back Mr. Donald. I look forward to seeing you on the field and I hope you get the contract you are looking for. Everyone knows you are the best at what you do and you deserve it. I hope the Rams have you for all of your playing years and the years beyond that. They need to make every effort to make that happen and if it does you have a very good chance of going down as one of the greatest Rams ever.

  13. I’m amazed @ how so many of you think with a pro owner mentality. I always comparing NFL pay checks to your paycheck with that “compared to the average man” talk. They are not average men with average jobs. You’d never win any negotiations with the league owners with that soft mentality. The bottom line is he was absolutely right to hold out and lessen the injury risk when he is worth much much more to this league than the 1.whatever he’s slated to make. This is why most of you don’t make that type of money. Because you just can’t separate this world from yours. Owners love simpletons like you guys.

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