Les Snead: None of our moves affect keeping Aaron Donald

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The Rams have spent quite a bit of time talking about a contract extension for defensive tackle Aaron Donald over the last two years, but nothing has come to fruition to this point.

It’s always a process to hammer out a long-term deal with one of the top players in the league and it’s one that has had to go on alongside the Rams’ other moves this offseason. They’ve acquired Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Ndamukong Suh and Brandin Cooks since the end of last season, leading some to wonder how the shopping spree might impact their push to lock up Donald.

At a press conference introducing Cooks on Thursday, General Manager Les Snead said there won’t be an impact on those talks.

“None of it affects Aaron Donald,” Snead said, via Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register. “He’s one of 53 and he’s budgeted into the budget. We didn’t do all this and forget about him.”

The Rams have plenty of cap space in 2019 and they’ll have money to spend even if Donald is taking up a big chunk of it. Holding onto everyone would be a bit more difficult, especially with players like Jared Goff and Todd Gurley coming up on new contracts relatively soon, so Snead’s plate should remain full for quite a while.

18 responses to “Les Snead: None of our moves affect keeping Aaron Donald

  1. As some players come to the end of their rookie contracts and get big pay raises, other players will be coming to the end of their contracts and that money will become available. It’s a constant turnover process that needs expert management.

  2. I doubt they are looking at extensions for Sub or Talib. So you have Donald, Peters and Cooks. I don’t see it as that big of a hurdle to overcome

  3. That’s what you think. Donald is about to bend you and pretty boy McVay over the sink.

    If this was true, he would have been signed long before now. He was the slam dunk first signee for the base of that team, but now you’ve given him all the leverage in the world, by scurrying around and throwing around too much money at once.

    You build a base and a winner through the draft and in-house contract control.

    Look at Leveon Bell in Pitt or OBJ in NY.

    Donald has that leverage on Snead and he knows it.

    This spin was dropped on to what’s his face at NFLN, but it’s just that…SPIN.

    The SUh signing will also adversely affect Snead’s leverage, even if Suh is only a 1 year rental.

    You have Goff and Gurley looking for raises after 2018, so this whole theory about time during their “rookie” contracts, is delusional.

    Peters will start barking for his new deal as a primadonna and that hothead primadonna they moved from CB to Safety will do the same.

    This is why Seattle walked from Sherman, dealt Bennett, and needs to deal Earl Thomas. They overpaid for too many guys at once. Look at Doug Baldwin’s deal. Awful.

    It’s because all of a sudden they had Wilson going from his rookie deal to his 25 mil per deal, overnight.

    Wild FA spending in the NFL is a disaster. It may take 2 years, but it’s coming.

  4. justanotherfan101 says:
    April 5, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    As some players come to the end of their rookie contracts and get big pay raises, other players will be coming to the end of their contracts and that money will become available. It’s a constant turnover process that needs expert management.

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    It’s because their management is not “expert”, though. They did nothing with the RG3 fleecing and now they’re going into cap hell, all in the name of Stan Kroenke’s greed for PSLs.

    Enjoy, though!

    Hint: Doing the opposite of what Belichick does has never worked. You might be lucky enough and sneak off a ring like cheating Denver with Chinese PEDs, and a QB who was better than anything they had in a 1 year window, but that’s not the norm. Look at Denver now.

  5. If Donald was smart, he wouldn’t jack squat and go to FA. Snead is a moron and a liar.

    Kronke is on the PSL sales and flashy FA moves dupes dumb fans in LA to buy PSLs. An unsuspecting casual fan in LA has no idea that Donald is the best DT in the game and the Suh contract, ironically now his own teammate, is why this is a problem.

    If this was the Pats, BB would have “overpaid” Donald with 2 years left on his deal, and then spread out the “overpayment” at the time within the those 2 last years left on the rookie deal.

    You don’t wait this long.

    The Rams will become Flaccoized.

  6. As others have mentioned, Suh and Talib are rentals… The rest of the guys are on contracts that are staggered a bit… Donald, Cooks and Joyner are the three big ones they need to get done. They have two more years of Gurley and Peters, assuming the Rams pick up the 5th year option on each. Then, they have three years before they really have to worry about paying Goff huge money. Can they keep all of them? Probably not, but they can probably keep most of them.

  7. I see people saying Donald has a bunch of leverage. He wants a massive contract and the Rams can keep him for the next three years for less money and less risk using franchise tags. The team has plenty of leverage. At worst, they ride this out until they are letting go of a player entering his 30 year old season.

  8. Donald has little leverage as the Rams will let him play on his last year of his current deal then Tag him or trade him . But Snead will pay him and then Cooks and Gurley . There is no issues with the cap … Except the Rams will need a left tackle soon

  9. It’s a shame that LA is attempting to buy a team rather than create a team the old fashioned way – via the draft….like Seattle did.

    Now, the pressure is on LA to win it all this year! And there’s absolutely no guarantee that the same team who last season could not win a home playoff game against Atlanta, can get past Philly. Anything short of SB victory is a failure for them. And Seattle won it all on draft picks…well, Seattle should have won it all on draft picks TWICE.

  10. I like how people think these staggered contracts look great on paper. It’s going to be a combustible locker room…..and Donald’s leverage is to hold out til last day he has to report week 6? Then just make it difficult on Rams there after. He should not be playing this season on 6.9 million.

  11. Reminds me when Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Suh were taking about 60% of the Cap on the Lions- how many play off wins did that account too? How many wins against winning teams?
    The Rams are in it for a good run this year- then they need to hit the drafts like they have been to succeed.

  12. It’s a shame that LA is attempting to buy a team rather than create a team the old fashioned way – via the draft….like Seattle did.

    Every NFL team has a salary cap that they can not spend above. Both Seattle and LA and every other NFL team have the same amount of money available to spend. Last year Seattle spent $169,109,165 on salaries while the Rams spent $161,981,111. This year Seattle has contracts of $172,673,978, while LA has contracts of $179,450,579.

  13. Rams running around grabbing players as indiscriminately and with as little long term thought as a fat guy in a Krispy Kreme during a power outage.

    Donald shouldn’t be happy.

    Say what they want, they’re blowing his money.

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