Sean McVay: No deadline for Aaron Donald deal

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The NFL is a deadline-driven industry. So is there a deadline driving the effort by the Rams to get defensive tackle Aaron Donald signed to a new contract?

“I don’t think so,” Rams coach Sean McVay said during a Monday visit to the #PFTPM podcast, “but I think for us ideally you’d like to be able to see a guy get in here a couple weeks before the season starts but in terms of a stern deadline we don’t have that. We’ve been in this situation before. Everybody knows how important Aaron is to us and how much we want to be able to get this thing done. In the meantime we’re appreciative of the guys that are here that are working but to say that there’s a stern deadline I wouldn’t say that but I think there is an ideal time where you’d like to get him in here to get him in football shape and feel confident that he’ll be ready to go and be healthy enough to participate just based on the things we’ve gotten exposed to before that first game.”

The Rams were indeed in that situation before. One year ago, when Donald showed up one day before the first game of the regular season and went on to become the defensive player of the year. Does that reduce the urgency to get him in before the season launches?

“I think they’re separate,” McVay said. “I think Aaron’s certainly a special player and a rare breed that he’s able to do that. We’d love to have Aaron here. I think there is a certain level of at least understanding like you’ve been there before. . . . Unfortunately we’ve kinda been in this road before and the one thing you do feel good about is that while he isn’t here, Aaron is one of those guys that he’s working his tail off doing everything he can in his power outside of this building to prepare himself to be ready to go if we’re able to come to a finality and get this thing worked out where everybody feels good about it.”

Last week, indications surfaced that a deal was close. But nothing is done until it’s done, and it’s still not yet done for the Rams and Donald.

9 responses to “Sean McVay: No deadline for Aaron Donald deal

  1. Ever think they signed Suh, not to line up next to Donald, but to be there in his place when he holds out, since they knew they had all the leverage & were going to low-ball him anyways?

  2. corky2141 says:
    August 21, 2018 at 9:27 am
    Ever think they signed Suh, not to line up next to Donald, but to be there in his place when he holds out, since they knew they had all the leverage & were going to low-ball him anyways?

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    That doesn’t make any sense.

    You would do that via a draft pick under the rookie cap, or trade for a guy like BB just did with Danny Shelton, a former 2015 1st rd pick that played in a crap situation in Cleveland.

    This is about not being a moron, understanding the market, where it’s going, and trusting your scouts.

    Anyone can be the Jets or John Elway and just spend wildly, opening the checkbook.

    Overpaying one guy who is overrated and on the back side of a career, is not a way to capture leverage if you’re a GM.

  3. SMH…this will turn alot of fans if this doesn’t get done. I don’t have an answer, but I want the solution. COME TOGETHER AND GET IT DONE!!!

  4. If you have a contract, you should be bound to it. This extortion by players is repugnant. Sit him for the year and let him feel what it is like to be Doofus of the Year.

  5. Rams will likely implode this year.

    Willy nilly addition of head cases – highly paid and extended – but neglect the heart of their D.

    I’ll laugh when things begin to go south and boy wonder has no clue how to handle it.

  6. Except that… Aaron’s not QUITE as important to the team as he was last season, is he? Rams aren’t stupid. The brought in Suh for more than just one reason. They are NOT desperate.

    Same with the Raiders and Mack. We drafted Arden Key, who has been blowing stuff up in camp. plus a pair of DTs who look very, very strong. Moved Bruce Irvin to DE, with his hand on the ground.

    When teams know that ridiculous demands are coming at them, they protect themselves.

    And that’s why we’re hearing about potential trades. Now, who wants to fork over a pair for 1st rounders AND take on Khalil Mack’s ridiculous demands? Crickets.

    Non-QB players and their agents are in the process of overvaluing themselves right now, and there’s a correction coming IMO.

  7. Carroll Prescott says:
    August 21, 2018 at 10:51 am
    If you have a contract, you should be bound to it. This extortion by players is repugnant. Sit him for the year and let him feel what it is like to be Doofus of the Year
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    I don’t understand. HE IS bound by it.

    Either he plays for the Rams for the money agreed upon or he doesn’t play in the NFL and doesn’t get paid by anyone in the NFL.

    A contract isn’t slavery, buddy. He can decide that his services are now worth too much, and that his risk is too great, and he can choose to withhold those services. Rams have the rights to his services in the NFL. Donald could go to Canada and play for $20M per if they could afford him.

    The art and science of contract negotiation and re-negotiation dates back to the time mankind started trading goats for wheat.

    The contract is binding. If one side was in breach of its terms, this would be playing out in a courtroom instead of in the media.

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