Sean McVay “very, very optimistic” about Aaron Donald deal

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Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is still unsigned with the regular season fast approaching, but coach Sean McVay sounded more confident than ever today that Donald’s holdout will end soon.

PFT reported this week that Donald and the Rams are getting close to a $22 million a year deal, and McVay indicated it’s very close. Asked by reporters today about Donald’s status, McVay indicated that they’ve recently come closer to reaching a deal.

“I’m very, very optimistic,” he said. “There is a level of increased optimism.”

McVay still believes Donald can play in the Rams’ Week One game against the Raiders.

“Hopefully if we do get it done in the next couple days, we do feel good about him being ready for Oakland,” McVay said. “The dialogue has increased, the level of urgency is extremely high on both sides.”

McVay closed the discussion about Donald by saying, “Aaron, see you soon, buddy.” He sounded like he thinks Donald’s new contract will get done very soon.

24 responses to “Sean McVay “very, very optimistic” about Aaron Donald deal

  1. This will go down as a colossal mistake. It will be just like the Suh contract. Miami finally had to cut that cord and LA will be in the same boat in a couple of years. The irony is that Suh ended up on the Rams too.
    This team is so front loaded with heavy contracts it’s unbelievable. They have a 2-3 year window then they’ll have to purge all of these high priced guys. The LA yard sale of 2021 will be full of pro bowlers…

  2. FYI to all the haters or unimformed,the Rams are close to 90 million in cap space next offseason even with all the resent signings of Cook,Gurley, Havenstein and soon Donald. So there,no cap hell like you all are hoping. Go Rams!!

  3. “FYI to all the haters or unimformed,the Rams are close to 90 million in cap space next offseason even with all the resent signings of Cook,Gurley, Havenstein and soon Donald. So there,no cap hell like you all are hoping. Go Rams!!”

    They’ve ate up much of their available 2019 cap space with these signings. That being said, it’s the name of extending their contending window, and if they get a SB run out of this, cap issues are a small price to pay.

  4. fcoprado says:
    August 28, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    FYI to all the haters or unimformed,the Rams are close to 90 million in cap space next offseason even with all the resent signings of Cook,Gurley, Havenstein and soon Donald. So there,no cap hell like you all are hoping. Go Rams!!

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    1. no tbey are not
    2. teams with a lot of cap space stink
    3. they will need all of that and more with a qb and rb standing there

    when you are overpaying every player you bring in or ones you drafted and wait to extend, you are automatically in cap hell

    enjoy!

  5. If the Rams win a Super Bowl with their star studded roster, cap hell is completely irrelevant. It won’t matter at all. If they flame out, this offseason could sink Les Snead’s career forever. We’ll see.

  6. I can see a implosion happening with this team. I mean with talib Peters Suh on the same team.
    I admit they all have talent but all 3 have temper issues. If defense starts slow can see chaos happening.

  7. Remember when Buffalo nabbed Mario Williams in 2012 for $50 million guaranteed and potentially up to $100 million as a free agent? The richest deal ever given to a defensive player at the time? Yeah, me neither.

  8. Samuel D. James says:
    August 28, 2018 at 9:00 pm
    If the Rams win a Super Bowl with their star studded roster, cap hell is completely irrelevant. It won’t matter at all. If they flame out, this offseason could sink Les Snead’s career forever. We’ll see.

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    right, but the odds don’t favor a one year window

  9. “FYI to all the haters or unimformed,the Rams are close to 90 million in cap space next offseason even with all the resent signings of Cook,Gurley, Havenstein and soon Donald. So there,no cap hell like you all are hoping. Go Rams!!”

    Duh!? Do they even have anyone signed in 2019? Brandin Cooks? Lol.

  10. FYI to all the haters or unimformed,the Rams are close to 90 million in cap space next offseason even with all the resent signings of Cook,Gurley, Havenstein and soon Donald. So there,no cap hell like you all are hoping. Go Rams!!

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    Til they gotta pay Goff…lol

  11. If you don’t believe the Rams are in salary cap hell in 2019… Well then I feel sorry for you

  12. Rams fan here that totally loves all the moves. McVey might have held Donald out most of the preseason anyways. He’s a pro that will be ready day one.
    As for the cap hell who cares? You have a chance for a ring you go all in!!!! Go Rams!!!!!

  13. lx2019 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 10:38 pm
    Wow. Many Ram haters. Its okay, jealousy is part of life. Learn to deal with it.

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    Why would anyone be jealous of a team that moves from LA to STL and back to LA that has been a paper tiger for years, now in cap hell for years?

  14. This is crazy to pay just a few people all this $$$.
    The vets voted in the CBA for the Rookie wage scale in order to spread the $$ around to the VETS, not the untested rookies.
    Now they just give it to a few stars???
    This is just as bad. Worse. No DLM or LB or CB is worth that much money.
    Nor do they contribute that much to the TEAM effort.
    They could have four 5m dollar guys and a 2m dollar guy for this money.
    MOST of the vets are in the same position as before…
    What a waste!

  15. saulg2 says:

    August 29, 2018 at 9:06 am

    This is crazy to pay just a few people all this $$$.
    The vets voted in the CBA for the Rookie wage scale in order to spread the $$ around to the VETS, not the untested rookies.
    Now they just give it to a few stars???
    This is just as bad. Worse. No DLM or LB or CB is worth that much money.
    Nor do they contribute that much to the TEAM effort.
    They could have four 5m dollar guys and a 2m dollar guy for this money.
    MOST of the vets are in the same position as before…
    What a waste!

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    Yeah, giving the best players the most money is so much worse than paying unproven players a ton of money…idiot. Good luck with your team of average Joes.

  16. There is a balance to which players you can pay and which you need to let go. This is why we have seen the Pats trade great players like Chandler Jones / Willie McGinist / Ty Law over the years as they were worth more to other teams than the value BB believe they brought to the table. Does this mean that the Pats may have let go some guys a bit too early? Sure….but as they have shown that to build a competitive team for the long haul it is most important to have depth. Teams that pay too much to only a few payers (see Pittsburgh Steelers) most likely do not have the depth to deal with the inevitable injuries that can and will occur over the course of the season.

  17. Cap hell is a myth! There is always money some where! Always! Their lawyers find it and all is always well.

    That said, when this is official, at least for this season, 16 team offenses on this schedule of 2018 are going to know what real havoc is. Good luck.

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