Rams, Aaron Donald remain on verge of record-setting deal

Getty Images

It was close a couple of weeks ago, and it’s still close. But, obviously, it’s not done until it’s done.

The Rams and defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, remain on the verge of a deal that will make him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, per a source with knowledge of the situation. But the deal still isn’t done, presumably because one or both sides is hoping to squeeze out one or more last-minute concessions.

That’s why it’s important to identify a real deadline for getting the deal done. Appearing recently on the #PFTPM podcast, Rams coach Sean McVay said there isn’t one. But if there really isn’t one, it becomes much more difficult to figure out when to land the plane.

Whenever the plane lands, the expectation is that the contract will be in the neighborhood of $22 million per year, with as much as $80 million guaranteed (total guarantee, not fully guaranteed) at signing.

“We’re working to come to a solution that gets Aaron Donald here as soon as possible and keeps Aaron Donald here for a long time,” Rams G.M. Les Snead tells PFT, while declining to discuss specifics.

66 responses to “Rams, Aaron Donald remain on verge of record-setting deal

  1. They should trade him for value, though if he won;t sign, then they won;t get anything for him. Of course he could sit out until he gets reasonable. The Rams are playing his game. He’s not THAT much better than everyone else. He doesn’t handle and distribute the ball. He’s a salary cap buster. I’m not sure what year of his existing contract he is in but if they knew it would go down like this they should have traded him a year early to the Jets lol.

  2. I remember not to long ago when Ware, Allen, Harrison, Matthew etc, were consistently putting up double digit sacks and were the high double digits. Not averaging less then 10 for their career like this overrated player, but yet he feels he should be highest paid player in history. And goes for Mack. To me they haven’t proven enough.

  3. lebrickie says:
    August 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm
    Player extortion rewarded – total garbage.

    Right….Somehow I don’t think you would be on here complaining about a team threatening to cut a player if he doesn’t take a paycut on his signed contract. I’m sure the words extortion wouldn’t even pop in your head.

  4. The Rams have 1.1 million left on their salary cap. And he is going to get over 20 Million a year.

    The Rams have some explaining to do on this deal.

  5. I’d love to see a player sign a contract that makes a mockery of the CBA

    3 years $500 Trillion. $40 million guaranteed.

    It’s essentially a 2 year $40M deal where the 3rd year is obviously going to be declined so the team can’t use the franchise tag.

    I’m in favour of non guaranteed contracts. Don’t get me wrong. I just think it would be hilarious to see a contract like that.

  6. No one’s caving to anyone…. getting him locked up was always the plan.

    Rams are criticized for not paying him, then criticized for paying him.

  7. “The Rams have 1.1 million left on their salary cap. And he is going to get over 20 Million a year.
    The Rams have some explaining to do on this deal.”

    Look what they did for Gurley and Cooks. Their salary cap numbers remain unchanged, the extensions only take effect after 2018.

    It will be the same thing.

  8. the math does not add up

    they have to be readying to trade or cut some very goof players to offset the cap bulge, otherwise goodell needs to send in an auditor right now to see how they are moving what money around instead of waiting 5 years to run the audit where he’d likely look the other way anyway since they are so concerned about pulling revenue out of the la market anyway.

    denver did this in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and cheated the cap to win 2 super bowls as elway took deferred payments under the table.

    there is simply no way, they have 40 million on the d line alone in 2018. there are 53 players on a roster

  9. No doubt he’s an excellent player. But defensive tackes should NOT be paid like quarterbacks This will result in cap he’ll for the rams.

  10. James Willard says:
    August 26, 2018 at 4:07 pm
    Can someone explain to me where the rams get all this money to sign these players?

    ————-

    Their franchise QB has 2 years left on a rookie scale deal. That saves $20m+ so that helps a whole lot. They let Johnson, Quinn, Watkins, and Webster walk and then traded Ogletree. That freed up a ton of money.

    Suh, Joyner are only 1 year deals. Peters is on his rookie contract still. Whitworth, Talib, Barron have 0 guaranteed money left after this year.

    As long as Goff is on his rookie deal, they have tremendous cap flexibility. Their all in on a SB run this year. It’s smart to go for broke now, both on the field and in terms of winning over the LA market.

  11. kissbillsrings says:
    August 26, 2018 at 4:06 pm
    LOL…. good luck with that cap hit……

    _____

    Patriots acquire Aaron Donald

    OMG YES!!! GENIUS BB!! STEAL!! -kissbillsrings

    Teams pay their stars unlike NE/BB who trades them for bags of peanuts or draft picks that get injured or mega draft busts. Chandler Jones best pass rusher in NFL got you nothing. Brandin Cooks got you nothing. JimmyG MEGA LOL. and so on and so on

  12. Wow arguably the best defensive player in the league is going to cost a lot of money to keep: what a concept some of you are unable to grasp.

  13. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    August 26, 2018 at 6:14 pm
    James Willard says:
    August 26, 2018 at 4:07 pm
    Can someone explain to me where the rams get all this money to sign these players?

    ————-

    Their franchise QB has 2 years left on a rookie scale deal. That saves $20m+ so that helps a whole lot. They let Johnson, Quinn, Watkins, and Webster walk and then traded Ogletree. That freed up a ton of money.

    Suh, Joyner are only 1 year deals. Peters is on his rookie contract still. Whitworth, Talib, Barron have 0 guaranteed money left after this year.

    As long as Goff is on his rookie deal, they have tremendous cap flexibility. Their all in on a SB run this year. It’s smart to go for broke now, both on the field and in terms of winning over the LA market.

    4 3 Rate This

    ————-

    so, you think they can guarantee a sb win in the next 1-2 years?

    waiting on donald means goff, gurley, peters and joyner all will have top market leverage

    the odds of it going perfect in 2018 and beyond are very, very distant

    can’t buy titles in the nfl and the nfc is tough

    you simply do not get it nor does snead. seattle
    milked out one title and then look what happened. la will never reach 2 super bowls with those contracts.

  14. tylawspick6 says:

    August 26, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    there is simply no way, they have 40 million on the d line alone in 2018. there are 53 players on a roster

    ____________________

    If you knew how contracts worked then you would know that his 2018 salary would remain the same. That’s why it’s called a contract “EXTENSION” because it extend/add on to the current contract

  15. tylawspick6 says:
    August 26, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    so, you think they can guarantee a sb win in the next 1-2 years?
    waiting on donald means goff, gurley, peters and joyner all will have top market leverage
    the odds of it going perfect in 2018 and beyond are very, very distant
    can’t buy titles in the nfl and the nfc is tough
    you simply do not get it nor does snead. seattle
    milked out one title and then look what happened. la will never reach 2 super bowls with those contracts.
    ____

    Cant buy titles in NFL but you also cant pinch pennies like BB and refuse to pay your own guys which leads to disgruntled lockeroom.

  16. They’ve got $57 mil in cap tied up in Suh Joyner Brockers Talib and Barron alone.
    Now Donald too. His current cap is roughly $7 mil. If they guarantee $80,….. it should be interesting how they structure that.
    And what happens when Goff comes up. He has to have a new deal by 2020.
    I think they’re playing with fire regarding the future. They’re putting a lot of money on the credit card.

  17. This is all about trying to rebuild a fan base in a city that hasn’t cared about pro football in decades. Sure, a few highly paid stars might help with season ticket pre-sales for the new stadium, but by the team actually moves into that venue their window will be just about closed thanks to the cap.

  18. For those who do not know and wonder where the Rams are getting the cap money for all of these signings. First off the new salaries do not reflect on this years cap figure. Second, in expiring contracts and projecting cap number in 2019 the Rams were a top five team in available cap space at or just over 100 million. And that number is near 90 I believe for 2020. That’s where they are getting their cap money. They are signing their young, core players.

  19. Patriots acquire Aaron Donald

    OMG YES!!! GENIUS BB!! STEAL!! -kissbillsrings

    Teams pay their stars unlike NE/BB who trades them for bags of peanuts or draft picks that get injured or mega draft busts. Chandler Jones best pass rusher in NFL got you nothing. Brandin Cooks got you nothing. JimmyG MEGA LOL. and so on and so on

    0 0 Rate This

    ———————-
    excuse me? 2 sb appearances, a very good left guard and 14 million in savings.

    4th rd pick trey flowes is a better football player anyway. jones freelanced a

    learn basic economics and the sport before making a complete fool of yourself.

    Arizona will never win a super bowl with steve keim’s drunken mismanagement and one dimensional chandler jones at 15 mil per.

    Meanwhile, ne wins the division again and goes their 8th straight conf title game.

    you enjoy now!

  20. olnehomers says:
    August 26, 2018 at 7:01 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    August 26, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    so, you think they can guarantee a sb win in the next 1-2 years?
    waiting on donald means goff, gurley, peters and joyner all will have top market leverage
    the odds of it going perfect in 2018 and beyond are very, very distant
    can’t buy titles in the nfl and the nfc is tough
    you simply do not get it nor does snead. seattle
    milked out one title and then look what happened. la will never reach 2 super bowls with those contracts.
    ____

    Cant buy titles in NFL but you also cant pinch pennies like BB and refuse to pay your own guys which leads to disgruntled lockeroom.

    2 6 Rate This

    —————-

    umm, just who are they “pinching pennies” with in the locker room?they pay their own top dollar and always have.

    it is a myth and your jealous of when bb pulls the plug and double dips into the draft.

    hint: bb will walk from shaq mason, wynn will probably replace him at rg, simply because dallas was moronic spiking the market on zac market.

    have a nice day and enjoy gm wizardry.

  21. Do you some of you people actually watch football, or do most of you just watch football because you bet or play fantasy. If you call yourself a football fan and question why the Rams are paying Donald, then stop.

    If you say, Donald is going to be the next Haynesworth, then stop. If you believe a team who has been mediocre for many years and then begun hitting on their player but then wonder why they aren’t in cap hell, then stop.

    Bar none, the best Defensive player in the NFL is Donald. Second, unlike Haynesworth he has played like a pro bowler since day one. Also, when you have no players to pay for a long time, you will have cap space and the cap has been going up every year for the past 3 year. Don’t make a fool of yourselves by coming on here and making comments that make people question your football IQ. Donald is a generational player, only a stupid team will let a generational player leave.

  22. cierra rounds says:
    August 26, 2018 at 7:51 pm
    For those who do not know and wonder where the Rams are getting the cap money for all of these signings. First off the new salaries do not reflect on this years cap figure. Second, in expiring contracts and projecting cap number in 2019 the Rams were a top five team in available cap space at or just over 100 million. And that number is near 90 I believe for 2020. That’s where they are getting their cap money. They are signing their young, core players.

    0 0 Rate This

    ——————-

    this is wildly inaccurate info.

    1. Snead choked down the rg3 yield and traded away the core players.
    2. he imported talib, suh, peters and cooks. talib is older and overpaid as is suh. tons of miles on both. cooks is in his prime but is being paif twice what he is worth and goff is nowhere near Brees or Brady.
    3. Goff and Gurley, their own draft picks have immediate leverage in a horrendously bloated qb and rb market. some team will overpay bell next year after leaves the steelers like the moronic jets and gurley will ask for
    more.

    Peters as immature as he is, will command top market money as well and joyner is homegrown and will be wondering where his money is after 2018.

    it is absolutely horrendous personnel management

    without a sb win this years, the odds immediately get more distant

    incredibly arrogant

  23. taintedsaints2009 says:
    August 26, 2018 at 6:39 pm
    Wow arguably the best defensive player in the league is going to cost a lot of money to keep: what a concept some of you are unable to grasp.

    7 3 Rate This

    ————

    ugh. they waited too long. that’s the point. donald fleeced them. please at least get to a community college

  24. tylawspick6 says:
    August 26, 2018 at 8:22 pm
    cierra rounds says:
    August 26, 2018 at 7:51 pm
    For those who do not know and wonder where the Rams are getting the cap money for all of these signings. First off the new salaries do not reflect on this years cap figure. Second, in expiring contracts and projecting cap number in 2019 the Rams were a top five team in available cap space at or just over 100 million. And that number is near 90 I believe for 2020. That’s where they are getting their cap money. They are signing their young, core players.

    0 0 Rate This

    ——————-

    this is wildly inaccurate info.

    1. Snead choked down the rg3 yield and traded away the core players.
    2. he imported talib, suh, peters and cooks. talib is older and overpaid as is suh. tons of miles on both. cooks is in his prime but is being paif twice what he is worth and goff is nowhere near Brees or Brady.
    3. Goff and Gurley, their own draft picks have immediate leverage in a horrendously bloated qb and rb market. some team will overpay bell next year after leaves the steelers like the moronic jets and gurley will ask for
    more.

    Peters as immature as he is, will command top market money as well and joyner is homegrown and will be wondering where his money is after 2018.

    it is absolutely horrendous personnel management

    without a sb win this years, the odds immediately get more distant

    incredibly arrogant

    _______

    The RGIII trade went down in 2012. It is now 2018. The players they (and I mean Fisher)drafted were not all that good!! The only player of consequence from that draft that they kept, and for good reason was Michael Brockers. Marcus Peters is a better version of Janoris Jenkins. Trumaine Johnson wasnt an elite corner who wanted near elite money…they let him go. Robert Quinn wasn’t a scheme fit..and looked bad against the run a year ago and was traded. Alec Ogletree was also not very good against the run and missed way to many tackles. He was also traded. The FISHER led regime inexplicably gave Tavon Austin a contract extension at 11 million per. The guy did nothing to make that kind of money and never found a ninche to even begin to earn it in an offensive genius’ system. There’s your bone head move… Not what their doing now.

    Jared Goff in his second season!!! 28 TD 7 picks.. read that… SECOND SEASON…On his rookie contract for 3 more seasons. Yet you’re wanting to already compare him to Brady, Brees’ and let me guess… Rodgers too… All have been around for 12 to 18 seasons. C’mon man… Todd Gurley just showed what he could do in a real offensive system. They locked him up. The guy is the lynch pin to everything they do offensively. Worth every nickel of that 14 million per. Talib and Peters are on existing two year contracts. Both remain All Pro’s. Joyner is the only one left they havent yet signed. Suh is on a one year deal and was probably brought in as much for Donald insurance in case he held out into the season. Together, this is the best DL in football save for the Texans. And lastly… the cap dollar amounts the team had for 2019 and 2020 are pretty accurate and it’s that future money they are spending… Have a good day yourself.

  25. “Can someone explain to me where the rams get all this money to sign these players?”

    The Rams currently have only 2.89 million in cap space so its going to take probably cutting another player or players getting at least 5 million this season.

    They need to put a lot into a signing bonus so it can be split over the life of the contract, and pay him low yearly numbers.

    Of course in a couple years when other defensive players get contracts that transcend his, Donald will most likely complain “he’s underpaid” conveniently ignoring the huge signing bonus that likely will be involved.

  26. I don’t know what’s more on brand for the commenters here – fundamentally misunderstanding the salary cap and screaming about it, or being mad that players make a lot of money and screaming about it.

    If only that money stayed with the owners, the real heroes. LOL.

  27. Suh & Joyner will be allowed to walk after this year, and the Rams will get compensatory picks for them. They did the same thing letting Johnson & Watkins go instead of overpaying this year. They will restructure (i.e. pay cut) Talib and Baron after this year or just let them go. Whitworth will be on the last year of his deal in 2019 if he doesn’t retire after this year. They will have the cap space. If they traded Donald and he had another defensive POY season, all the people calling the Rams dumb for giving him an extension would be calling them dumb for letting him go, but that’s nothing new.

  28. It’s amazing how all of you guys are more concerned for the billion dollar Corp. Your all the little guys be glad the little guy is getting his money damn the team. This is crazy!

  29. I dont know what will bring down the NFL first. Enormous player salaries, or player protesting. I am certain they will be a combining factor, as fans turn away the money will dry up and the contracts owed will bankrupt teams and eventually the league. So, that is where the NFL is heading. In case it isn’t completely obvious to everyone.

  30. I remember not to long ago when Ware, Allen, Harrison, Matthew etc, were consistently putting up double digit sacks and were the high double digits. Not averaging less then 10 for their career like this overrated player, but yet he feels he should be highest paid player in history. And goes for Mack. To me they haven’t proven enough.
    **************************************************************************
    None of these players are defensive tackles.

  31. odp456 says:
    August 27, 2018 at 12:02 am
    Suh & Joyner will be allowed to walk after this year, and the Rams will get compensatory picks for them
    =============================================

    Suh was cut by Miami so don’t think they get a comp pick for losing him.

  32. Tashan Harrison says:
    August 26, 2018 at 6:42 pm
    tylawspick6 says:

    August 26, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    there is simply no way, they have 40 million on the d line alone in 2018. there are 53 players on a roster

    ____________________

    If you knew how contracts worked then you would know that his 2018 salary would remain the same. That’s why it’s called a contract “EXTENSION” because it extend/add on to the current contract

    ——–

    Not necessarily. Many times players do “extensions” to free up cap space in the current season or take on more to free up future cap space depending on the team’s needs. In any case, a contract extension typically involves a voiding of the previous contract as the current deal is replaced with the new contract.

    Maybe you should learn how contracts work before attempting to appear an expert.

  33. shlort says:
    August 27, 2018 at 7:00 am
    I dont know what will bring down the NFL first. Enormous player salaries, or player protesting. I am certain they will be a combining factor, as fans turn away the money will dry up and the contracts owed will bankrupt teams and eventually the league. So, that is where the NFL is heading. In case it isn’t completely obvious to everyone.

    ———————

    What about the commissioner and some owners caught cheating either in a federal court or outside of the federal court?

  34. odp456 says:
    August 27, 2018 at 12:02 am
    Suh & Joyner will be allowed to walk after this year, and the Rams will get compensatory picks for them. They did the same thing letting Johnson & Watkins go instead of overpaying this year. They will restructure (i.e. pay cut) Talib and Baron after this year or just let them go. Whitworth will be on the last year of his deal in 2019 if he doesn’t retire after this year. They will have the cap space. If they traded Donald and he had another defensive POY season, all the people calling the Rams dumb for giving him an extension would be calling them dumb for letting him go, but that’s nothing new.

    3 1 Rate This

    ———————–

    Hint: Swapping base players in and out every year means the team will have a lack of continuity.

    Continuity is arguably the key concept behind teambuilding.

    Some of you simply do not get it.

  35. lolnehomers says:

    Patriots acquire Aaron Donald

    OMG YES!!! GENIUS BB!! STEAL!! -kissbillsrings

    Teams pay their stars unlike NE/BB who trades them for bags of peanuts or draft picks that get injured or mega draft busts. Chandler Jones best pass rusher in NFL got you nothing. Brandin Cooks got you nothing. JimmyG MEGA LOL. and so on and so on
    **********************************

    I really don’t get this stupidity. So, the Pats and BB should be like the other teams who overpay for their talent and don’t make the SB every other year? You’re honestly on here saying that BB isn’t doing it right and should pay ALL of his players at the top of the market?

    With all of the success he’s had in the last 18 years do you think it bothers Pats fans that he let Chandler Jones go? It must be awesome to be a fan of a team that goes 8-8 and misses the playoffs, but hey, at least they have 1 of the highest paid DE’s in the league, right?

  36. Pay him or tag him either way i cant wait to see what they do this year and my moneys going on Talib over Crabtree in the opener.

  37. Aaron Donald deserves the money. As long as he continues to dominate like he has and stays healthy for the next 7 years, he’s worth every penny. I recommend anyone that thinks he doesn’t deserve to be the highest paid defender needs to watch some film on Aaron Donald first.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!