Aaron Donald remains a “major priority” for Rams this offseason

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Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald‘s desire for a new contract was a major storyline of the team’s offseason last year as Donald stayed away from the team for offseason work and training camp before returning in time for the regular season.

Donald’s absence didn’t appear to hurt him on the field while he was putting together another excellent season as the leader of the defense for the NFC West champs. The prospect of not having Donald on hand to provide that level of performance keeps his contract hopes on the front burner for Rams General Manager Les Snead.

“To be honest with you, I would be probably lying if I put a timeline on this one,” Snead said, via the team’s website. “But, like I’ve always said with Aaron … we want him to be a Ram a long time. So when we ink that deal or not — I can’t put a timeline on it. But it is a major priority, as it always will be until we get it done. … I don’t know necessarily in terms of last or first, what I do know is, he’s an important domino. But the way we attack that list of names, can’t say that Aaron would be first. We’ll have them all going on simultaneously and try to knock them out. We’ve got a little bit of a general plan as it is now. We’ll come back and fine tune it.”

If Donald isn’t first, it will likely be because he’s under contract for the 2018 season. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and safety Lamarcus Joyner are headed for free agency and that could put them a bit higher on Snead’s initial to-do list this offseason.

10 responses to “Aaron Donald remains a “major priority” for Rams this offseason

  1. Don’t do it

    He’s great but you won’t win a championship paying this guy 17 mil a year and history has proven that

    You can find a player that is 65% of his talent and pay him 30% of his salary

    Spend the money on the positions that will help you win playoff games

  2. What? ..are the rams up against the cap or something?
    This guy is a major force and probably best defensive player in the league. Most teams would gladly pay him 17 mil a year especially considering the cap is increasing and how much many lesser defenders now make.
    Pay the man!

  3. reaganyears says:

    January 11, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    What? ..are the rams up against the cap or something?
    This guy is a major force and probably best defensive player in the league. Most teams would gladly pay him 17 mil a year especially considering the cap is increasing and how much many lesser defenders now make.
    Pay the man!
    —————-

    When Goff is eligible for a new contract next year, they will be. Most teams that pay a DT 17 mill a year (Eagles) have QBs under rookie contracts. Those QB contracts eat up a ton of cap space and have to be planned for. Which is why Howie Roseman signed Cox and Jernigan to deals that hit before Wentz does.

  4. Duh was the best Dline and got a mega contract. How much has that helped the Dolphins ? One man does not make a team great. Spread the money out. Yes a great player but let somebody else go into hock for him if he holds out.

  5. Sign the man, and pay him. It’s not about where Suh is ranked and how much he has helped the Dolphins, it’s about having the best players you can have while still managing your dollars. Would you rather have #32 ranked players across your DLine as opposed to one #1 and the best you can surround him with as support? I think not.

  6. Suh..Cough….Dareus….Cough….

    As a sports fan i must admit he deserved a massive contract because he is just so dominant.
    As a Bills and seeing our incredible Marcell Dareus mail it in the second he got his contract…. buyer beware.

  7. Life of an NFL player once you sign the contract – if you outplay your contract; too bad, you signed, play it out. If you underplay or are hurt; you are gone, toute suite!

    Weakest PA in any major sport

  8. Will Enos pay him or say nothing and just line his pockets with the cash.
    This man cares nothing about winning nor the fans that fill 1/2 of the seats to attend Ram home games.

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