Les Snead on Aaron Donald: We’re in “same zip code, area code, ballpark”

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Rams coach Sean McVay said earlier this week that the Tuesday deadline for defensive tackle Aaron Donald to report in order to get credit for an accrued season toward free agency wasn’t a real deadline for the team because it didn’t change anything about Donald’s contract status from the team’s perspective.

Donald would be a restricted free agent rather than an unrestricted free agent, but using the franchise tag next offseason would be just as likely since it’s not at all difficult to see other teams willing to fork over a first-round pick as compensation for signing Donald to a successful offer sheet. Donald did not report on Tuesday, but General Manager Les Snead said Wednesday that McVay’s take on the significance of that development was on the mark.

McVay also said that he didn’t think “anything’s going to change with that in the near future” in terms of getting Donald signed to a long-term extension. Snead offered a more positive take on Wednesday. Snead said there was an offer on the table and did his best to suggest the two sides are close.

“We’re in the same zip code, area code, ballpark,” Snead said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

However Snead spins it, there’s still a gap and Donald still isn’t in camp. Until that changes, the zip code’s still bigger than the Rams need it to be.

20 responses to “Les Snead on Aaron Donald: We’re in “same zip code, area code, ballpark”

  1. Where are all the people who come up here and tell players to honor their contract when they want a new deal before the old one is finished…?

    Aaron Donald signed a 4 year, $10,136,500 contract with the St. Louis Rams, including a $5,692,000 signing bonus, $10,136,500 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,534,125…in 2014 as part of the slotted Rookie deal.

    He honored his “4 year” deal…why has he not been rewarded going into his 5th year in the league?…I completely agree with criticizing players for not honoring their contract…but at the same time we have to give the same criticism to teams who aren’t truly honoring a contract!!!

  2. This ongoing saga with Donald is almost, almost, as painful as any Kaepernick story. Please get him signed so the rest of us don’t have to suffer through his first world problems of not being able to feed his family on the boatload of money his current contract is due to him.

  3. 19dead2 says:
    August 8, 2018 at 11:43 am
    Les Snead is an idiot. Seriously, Donald isn’t signing and more drivel from a GM.

    So Snead is an idiot for not wanting to pay 25 mil a year to an interior lineman regardless of how good he is? Why don’t you let him handle the negotiations and you just sit on your couch and stop being an armchair GM.

  4. He honored his “4 year” deal…why has he not been rewarded going into his 5th year in the league?…I completely agree with criticizing players for not honoring their contract…but at the same time we have to give the same criticism to teams who aren’t truly honoring a contract!!

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    because the 5th year option was picked up per the CBA before his 4th year, so he’s under contract! Rams are honoring the contract, Donald isn’t, Rams are following the rules fyi

  5. The definition of a good negotiation is when both parties give up something. It’s not done until both parties agree on what number they agree on. Both sides after to figure out what that guarantee money is going to be.

    And it doesn’t what zip code they are in…!

  6. Unfortunately this is a 4-way negotiation between Donald and the Rams, Donald and K. Mack, K. Mack and the Raiders and Donald and the Raiders. Each camp wants the other to set the market so they can ask for more money or less money in the or. If K. Mack’s deal had been done this one would be a no brainer. But everyone is at a stalemate. But this Snead throwing an olive branch in the media.

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