Aaron Donald isn’t bothering to be in L.A. if a deal happens to get done

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The Rams will go through the first regular Wednesday practice of the regular season today, as they prepare for the opener against the Colts.

Their best player will not be there.

Via Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is still on the East Coast this morning, which means that they don’t have a deal and apparently he doesn’t feel close enough to one to rush to L.A. to be nearby in case it gets pushed through.

Donald has spent the offseason working out in Pittsburgh on his own.

The Rams have held out hope for a late deal, but probably have to accept that rookie Tanzel Smart will take the field Sunday instead.

11 responses to “Aaron Donald isn’t bothering to be in L.A. if a deal happens to get done

  1. And I’m not really bothering to let that bother me anymore.

    Let him stay on the East Coast. Sooner or later it’s got to dawn on him that he’s not actually making any money by doing this.

  2. Good for you Aaron, go get em. It’s your only power move as a player until something else happens with Contracts. Make the billionaire pony up for your services as one of the top talents at your position severely underpaid.

  3. He’s probably a $17,000,000 a year guy … so without knowing where the two sides are at the moment it’s impossible to make any judgement.

  4. pancaketaco says:
    September 6, 2017 at 10:01 am
    I never understand why fans want players to make more…the more a player makes the more everything NFL costs the fan…

    That would be true, except that there is a salary cap. The more a player makes, the less his teammates do. It doesn’t cost the fan more until the salary cap is raised.

  5. According to Vinny Bonsignore, the current holdup is *by how much* Donald will be the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. In other words, the Rams are already offering to make Donald the highest paid defensive player in the NFL, but it’s still not enough for him. The Rams brass is doing their part, this mess is on Donald who is just being greedy at this point. The Rams should tell him that’s the final offer, and if he doesn’t like it, he can sit at home and not collect any paychecks at all.

  6. I get why you want to compare him to yourself, me or any other regular person who shows up to work everyday because otherwise we’ll be to of a job. It is however an unfair comparison. Aaron Donald can do this because he’s very, very good at his job and really hard to replace. Me and you probably not so much. And even if the Rams fire him he can very easily find another employer who will be willing to pay ham big bucks. Again something that would be much harder for people like you and me. It’s pretty simply supply and demand. I really hope he returns soon though because his holdout is hurting the team but that is the reason why a holdout can be an effective strategy for him.

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