Report: Aaron Donald officially a no show at camp

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Rams General Manager Les Snead said Tuesday he did not know whether Aaron Donald would show up for the start of training camp. He knows now.

For the second consecutive year, the star defensive tackle is a holdout, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

It is no surprise Donald isn’t with his teammates given he wants a new contract.

The sides are said to have made progress in extension talks, but a deal does not appear imminent. The Rams recently signed Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks to long-term deals.

“We’re simultaneously working to make Aaron a Ram a long time,” Snead said Tuesday during the press conference to announce Gurley’s new deal, via quotes distributed by the team. “That’s the goal. I know we’ll get questions about him, but Aaron’s a big part of who we are, where we want to go. But I think the details and all of that, I think we’re going to continue the course of keeping them in-house. We’re going to continue working to get something done with Aaron.”

Donald, 27, is due to make $6.89 million in the final year of his rookie contract. He missed all of training camp last season and the first game but still earned the league’s defensive player of the year award.

30 responses to “Report: Aaron Donald officially a no show at camp

  1. When I was in my 20s I worked at Rite Aid and made $4.28 per hour. Had to go get a nice shirt and ties at Kmart for the job, which really cut into my drinking money. I wish Aaron Donald all the best in his quest to get by.

  2. To all the brainless, overreacting, know-nothings out there:

    1. This was not unexpected;
    2. Its not a big deal;
    3. Donald will report by August 7;
    4. He’ll probably have a new contract (those who think the Rams are not actively trying to sign him and offering a lot of money are clueless);
    5. If they can’t sign him, they’ll franchise him (multiple time, if necessary);
    6. None of this will prevent AD from being the best DL in football again this year.

  3. He’ll get his money. He knows it, the team knows it, and the fans know it. It’s very much deserved, so there’s nothing to see here.

    On a side note: who is “avengerram” referring to in the comments? Or is it just a preemptive strike?

  4. Not sure how a negotiation that’s been going on for 2 years is considered a slam dunk by Rams fans . I wonder about a lockerroom that sees big money given to Cooks, a guy 2 teams walked away from along with Gurley given an extension with 2 years left on his deal while the respected Donald gets nothing . Add in the divisive Suh, questionable character guys like Peters and Talib to the equation and it could be a team that is doomed by bad chemistry before the games even start .

  5. Seems like my preemptive strike was pretty accurate, given the number of down votes I’ve received.

    Clearly, there are a lot of non-Rams fans hoping that the Rams are going to implode. Maybe some day (it happens to every team eventually)… but not because of Donald’s contract.

  6. “Clearly, there are a lot of non-Rams fans hoping that the Rams are going to implode. Maybe some day (it happens to every team eventually)… but not because of Donald’s contract”.

    Because the Rams have been a real juggernaut over the years? Get real dude.

  7. The Dynasty that ended before it got started….

    ________________________________________________

    See Rams fans, that’s how it starts. We all know none of you said it.

    -Seahawks fans

  8. Rams haven’t even won 1 playoff game yet and failed at establishing a locker room culture before bringing in outsiders right and left. This has all the ingredients for a complete burn down.

  9. Unless Snead can get a deal done with Donald soon, he may not be the GM much longer. I think he already screwed the pouch with the other signings and the Suh deal.

  10. chickenrondelet says: Had to go get a nice shirt and ties at Kmart for the job, which really cut into my drinking money.
    *****
    That is so funny, and honest. Most of us were calculating our drinking money at that age.

  11. Still don’t know what the Rams are offering him or what he thinks he should get.

    Can’t be sure the Rams aren’t being fair without knowing those things.

    It’s not like he was signing before Cooks and Gurley got paid.

  12. Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz says:
    July 25, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    You gave a bum like Cooks all that money but can’t pay Donald?

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    Cooks was an integral part of a team that made it to the SB. Donald….not so much.

  13. Why would the Rams sign Cooks? The guy is a 1 trick pony with avg to below avg hands. It wasn’t even prudent ( don’t say it was ) to sign Gurley with 2 years left, a contract with a guarantee of 44 mm? Ridiculous.

    Donald is the BEST defensive player in the NFL and wrecks havoc on everyone. Cooks is like the 25th – 30th best receiver in the NFL. Gurley is great buy there was NO URGENCY to get his deal done.

    The urgency was to get Donald done. I hope it tears the team apart for the stupidity that any NFL fan knows how the transactions should’ve transpired.

    Oh and let’s not forget the $14mm 1 yr deal given to Suh. LA pays big $$ to 2 new comers but doesn’t get Donald, an integral part of the franchise for yrs a deal? and overpays for Gurley. No back gets $44 guaranteed.

    Ha Ha Ha…..

  14. If they’ve been “working” on a contract for 2 years, I’d hardly say there were no issues. He must be asking for a ton of dough, but then again, he deserves it. there is one thing that can be said with certainty given the Rams big deals — they’ve been pretty healthy the last 2 seasons, which has masked a lack of depth. If they stay healthy they could be absolutely awesome, but if there are more injuries than previous years, the lack of depth could result in a massive swing downward.

  15. seabrawk12 says:
    July 25, 2018 at 3:08 pm
    The Dynasty that ended before it got started….

    ________________________________________________

    See Rams fans, that’s how it starts. We all know none of you said it.

    -Seahawks fans

    ———–

    Actually it was Ricky Proehl who said it back in 2001…..right before his Rams lost to the underdog Brady and the Patriots.

  16. Who’s the bigger idiot-the team who takes two years to negotiate a big money deal while handing out other big money deals, or the guy who’s obsessed with being higher paid everyone else?

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