Michael Brockers: Holdout is “killing” Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald

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The Rams are proceeding with camp without star defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who is staying away as they talk about a new contract.

But Donald isn’t sitting back and resting, and one of his teammates said the absence is bothering him.

“Oh yeah, it’s killing him right now,” Rams lineman Michael Brockers said, via Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News. “I know it is. He cannot wait until this contract thing is over. … You text him just to check in, and he lets us know that he’s still working and stuff like that. We know he’s not letting off in any way. We know he’s going to come back in shape and be the same Aaron he was before.”

But unlike some other situations in which teammates put (sometimes) subtle pressure on guys to show up for camp, Donald’s co-workers seem supportive of his efforts. When one fan showed up at camp with a picture of Donald and the words “pay the man,” pass-rusher Robert Quinn signed it. And having gone through his own negotiation recently, Brockers knows that business happens at its own pace sometimes.

“It’s hard to not do that when a guy has put in so much work,” Brockers said. “He has worked so hard and been tremendous for this team. It’s hard not to want that for him. So yeah, we’re right with him and we support him. We’re just waiting for him to get back.”

And when he does return, he’s likely to be very, very rich.

9 responses to “Michael Brockers: Holdout is “killing” Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald

  1. Kingmj4891 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:03 AM

    Instead of Pay the Man!

    Everyone should be saying

    Honor Your Contract!

    is the same thing said when a player is cut or traded mid contract?

    didn’t think so

  2. Kingmj4891 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:03 AM

    Everyone should be saying
    Honor Your Contract!


    LOL at the fans who think its fine that teams don’t have to honor contracts, but the guys that holdout (withhold services) are some kind of evil people…..

  3. nyfcat says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:20 AM
    Who the hell are the Rams paying?
    I forgot his name, but didn’t they have the #1 pick last year?

  4. I love it when fans claim that players can hold out for more pay because teams don’t honour their side of the contract when they cut players midway through the deal.

    This is absolute rubbish! The players and their agents negotiate and sign the contract which will clearly state what money is fully guaranteed or guaranteed for injury only. Anything else on that contract – regardless of any cap hit – is not guaranteed. This means that that the player has agreed to play for a team for a set amount of time. The team however is only legally obliged to pay the guaranteed money, and the amount of time the player remains employed during that contract is down to the team’s discretion. If the player feels he has been unfairly treated or dismissed by a team, the players union is there to offer a level of protection or support.

    If players really want a fully guaranteed contract, then accept a lot less money and I’m sure teams will jump on board.

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