Rams not expecting Aaron Donald to sign soon

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Aaron Donald‘s holdout is not close to ending.

That’s the word from Rams coach Sean McVay, who said at training camp today that he does not believe his star defensive tackle is close to coming to terms with the team on a new contract.

“I don’t think anything’s going to change with that in the near future. I’ve had a little bit of dialogue with Aaron and we’re hopeful that we’ll get something done,” McVay said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

Although Donald has an August 7 deadline to report to camp in order to accrue a season toward free agency, McVay confirmed that from the Rams’ point of view, that deadline is unlikely to mean much.

“I don’t think there’s any realistic deal to kind of that August 7 being a date that changes really anything,” McVay said. “But you never know. And things remain the same. I’m looking forward to trying to connect with him later today and we’ll see where we’re at.”

Donald and the Rams are, from all indications, far apart in contract talks. They may remain far apart for quite some time.

42 responses to “Rams not expecting Aaron Donald to sign soon

  1. what message does this send to your core guys that you drafted….. Cooks getting that kind of money is amusing to say the least. He will not go across the middle. had Brees and Brady throwing to him, watch the drop off this season then will come the demand for the ball more. 1000 yard season and still complained about not getting the ball enough.

  2. the Rams have been jerking him around for 2 full years now. Claiming they want to get a deal done with him, but then overpaying several other teammates. Aaron Donald has handled this with class so far.

  3. I wouldn’t show up either. He’s the best player on that team.

    Might help my Cowboys too ;o)

  4. People are missing the core reason for why these guys haven’t signed. They – through their representation – are trying to reset the market. If they were willing to sign for the same type of money Von Miller is making, it would have been done already. What we are seeing is two top defensive players trying to make money closer to what the top QB’s are making which is why you read things like the teams and player aren’t close. Unless they back off the demands, both Donald and Mack will be playing the FT game for the next few years because it will be cheaper for the Rams and Raiders to go that route than give in to what they are asking for in a long term deal.

  5. Donald went back to his home in Pittsburgh where he will gain 60 pounds. Even overweight this guy is still the best defensive player in the NHL.

  6. AD is in a whole new category as he may need to be the highest paid defender in the NFL. Im sure the Rams would gladly pay him what Gurley & Cooks got but he’s on a different level & his deal is much more complicated. Sounds like AD may want QB cash but the Rams have to use some caution

  7. “AD is in a whole new category as he may need to be the highest paid defender in the NFL”

    This is a given. The Rams are willing to do award him this right now. The real holdup is that Donald wants to be the highest paid defender in the NFL by a LOT. He wants a deal that blows Von Miller’s out of the water. he and his agent claim that he belongs to an entirely new class of “elite” that should warrant QB money.

  8. Probably should have considered that before shelling out $14,000,000 for Suh while simultaneously refusing to sign Donald who is scheduled to make less than $7,000,000 and is a superior player who has been with your franchise for 4 years.

  9. >what message does this send to your core guys that you drafted

    The message is, play good and we’ll take care of you, we’ll make you the highest paid RB and one of the highest paid WR’s in the league.

    But we won’t pay any crazy outrageous number just because “you want it”. We won’t pay $25M, $30M, $50M, $100M/season just because you’ve got some crazy notion in your head that you want that amount.

    When you come back to earth and realize we made you an offer that will make you the HIGHEST paid defensive player in the HISTORY of the NFL come back and talk to us but make it quick because next year at this time we’re going to franchise tag you and the year after that and the year after that. We’re going to squeeze every last ounce of prime year performance from you and when you’re on the wrong side of 30 maybe then we’ll let you go and chase your money. The only problem is, you’ll be past your prime and past your big money contract years.

    So continue to hold out and see where that gets you.

  10. dmca12 says:
    August 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    I know Donald is great, but I would not pay a d-tackle anything even approaching 20 mil/year.

    He’s a D-Tackle who also was the Defensive Player of the Year. So, he’s kinda in a different category. Not kinda…is in a different category. Pay the man.

  11. To the Rams – not having AD on the field will mean fewer people in the stands rooting for you. He is the key to defensive success, and a major worry for any opposing team. Not working a deal is pure stupidity at its worst. You said you would work with him during the off season and look what has happened -nothing. You pay a Cooks the moon and he has yet to catch a TD pass, and Gurley, well you paid him another side of the moon, and you leave the best DB in the league unsigned. This mistake will cost you enormously and you will wear the albatross around your neck should you fail in this oh so easy contractual negotiations. Get real, get the job done and put a formidable team on the field.

  12. He is as dynamic as a defensive player can be, they are trying to make this push and turn things around for the franchise and his play has been a big help to that. They should have had this figured out before paying Gurley IMO. I can understand why he feels frustrated.

  13. dmca12 says:
    August 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    I know Donald is great, but I would not pay a d-tackle anything even approaching 20 mil/year.

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    Well, Cooks isn’t worth 14 per nor is Suh.

    HAving numerous overpaid players everywhere is a poor approach.

  14. dmca12 says:
    August 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    I know Donald is great, but I would not pay a d-tackle anything even approaching 20 mil/year.
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    The “best ranked defenses” got torched in the Championship games as well as in the SB. Defenses are overrated and subject to ups and downs. the handwriting is on the wall, offense wins championships! No need to overpay for defense. Pay for great O-line play.

  15. metscher5 says:
    August 6, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    AD is in a whole new category as he may need to be the highest paid defender in the NFL. Im sure the Rams would gladly pay him what Gurley & Cooks got but he’s on a different level & his deal is much more complicated. Sounds like AD may want QB cash but the Rams have to use some caution
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    Didn’t show up against Philly at home last year. Can’t disappear against good O-lines and, then demand big money.

  16. Thank God for the franchise tag. These guys need to be taught a tough lesson one way or another.

  17. Donald may be the best D man currently in the league, but will never get QB money. No single defender can influence the game like the QB.
    Donald does have one other motivating factor. Watt’s back. So he better get every cent that DPOY is worth NOW. Chances are he won’t get the opportunity again.

  18. It is concerning for the Rams to pay Suh but not AD. Now the 2 of them side by side without a doubt will be the best tandem in the league and nobody will even be close. But none of that matters of they do not sign him and get him in camp. Late signings mean pesky injuries. Make it happen Rams.

  19. Come on already guys…time to do a three-way trade between Seattle, Oakland, and LA. Seattle gets Donald, Oakland get Thomas, and LA gets Mack. Great moves for all three teams and all three players are worth it.

  20. donnymacjack says:
    August 6, 2018 at 7:40 pm
    Come on already guys…time to do a three-way trade between Seattle, Oakland, and LA. Seattle gets Donald, Oakland get Thomas, and LA gets Mack. Great moves for all three teams and all three players are worth it.
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    I am going to guess you enjoy the recreational laws in your state. No way they trade him in the division. If they did that GM should be fired on the spot.

  21. dmca12 says:
    August 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    I know Donald is great, but I would not pay a d-tackle anything even approaching 20 mil/year.

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    a DE in a 3-4 was once the highest paid defender in the league, and a DE in a 3-4 is even less valuable then a DT in a 4-3
    the reason was that that DE name was JJ Watt and he did ALOT MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! then your traditional 3-4 DE similar to Donald. A DE that can get you 10 sacks a year is more then likely going to cost you more then 16M a season, so what do you think a DT that can get you 10 sacks a year is worth.

  22. Remember when some of you armchair GMs swore his holdout would be solved before the preseason games started? That the whole thing would be resolved soon?

    Good luck paying all those guys when Goffs up to get paid next off season…or Marcus Peters.

    Ill give the Rams credit for this – they’re ALL in for this season it seems. Good luck.

  23. People saying donald is the best defensive player are completely wrong. That title goes to Harrison smith. He players every position on defense with success. He can play on the line of scrimmage and rush the passer. He can play as a linebacker. He can play safety or corner. Donald is good at only one thing. Yes Donald go dmvp but it went to the wronf person. Yes he is a game changer at his position and very good but Harrison smith is a game changer at every defensive position. Once I see Donald running with tight ends or receivers or lining up off the line then maybe you can put them in the same category.

  24. I don’t partake in the recreational opportunities in my state. However, in-division trades have been done many times in the past. And let’s face it, the Ram badly need an elite LB, and the Raiders have one. Meanwhile the Raiders desperately need an elite Safety and the Seahawks have one. And the Seahawks desperately need an elite DL and the Rams have one. For whatever reason each of these teams has an elite player they don’t want to pay, so why not spin the wheel for a win and make it happen? The only downside I see is ET’s age. Some could argue that his age lowers his trade value and it would be hard to argue that. But then a truly elite Safety only comes along once about every 10 years and he easily has another 5 in the tank at the level he plays. So I say do it and be done with it. Win-Win-Win all around.

  25. I didn’t know the cowboys played in Long Island, oh wait, another cowboy fraud, how weird. This guy can’t be happy watching all those players they brought in get paid. Better pay this guy before your locker room is in shambles

  26. anyways, i think the offer is B.S.

    An attempt to bully donald.

    I think this is all going bad.

    Not sure he’ll be in camp, in uniform or in town much longer.

  27. Slightly rhetorical question. Why have contracts at all since players sign them and then refuse to honor them?

    Were I an owner and one of my employees signed a contract and then refused to honor that commitment, we would be in court as I would sue for breach of contract.

  28. That’s on both sides of the line. Teams often sign players to deals then cut them early as well. So to say a player should always honor his contract in the NFL is relative to the market. Plus the shelf life of a player is so short can you really blame them for trying to get the most out of that finite window.

  29. I’ve watched Geno Atkins play his career in Cincinnati and he’s been the best DT in my opinion. They say AD is better if he’s better than Geno they need to pay the man. Stop paying these marginal positional players over the top money and pay the guy who changes games!

  30. Donald is a victim of being too good. He’s worth 22-24 million but can’t be paid it. Teams are trying to find the next Aaron Donald and pay him on his rookie sliding scale contract. Sad thingleague wide is teams don’t want to foot the bill for top defensive players at premium prices.

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