Rams don’t have a deal with Aaron Donald yet but are “very close”

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Rams executive vice president and COO Kevin Demoff was on stage during the team’s charity kickoff luncheon Wednesday when his phone began vibrating. He looked down and recognized the number.

“My phone is buzzing. It’s Aaron Donald’s agent. No joke. I wish I were making it up,” Demoff said, via Rich Hammond of of the Southern California News Group.

Donald is expected to end his holdout in the next few days by agreeing to a deal that will make him the league’s highest-paid defensive player. Rams coach Sean McVay said Tuesday he was “very, very optimistic” about getting a contract completed with Donald.

McVay reiterated that a day later.

“Where’s Demoff at? Did he get Aaron done?” McVay said during the lunechon. “. . . I think we’re very close to try to get this done.”

Rams General Manager Les Snead said the deal is not completed, but confirmed it’s close.

“Sean definitely is not speaking out of turn,” Snead said in agreeing with McVay’s optimism. “He is well aware of updates, but nothing has agreed upon.”

Snead added he would avoid further comment about negotiations or progress the sides have made.

17 responses to “Rams don’t have a deal with Aaron Donald yet but are “very close”

  1. Every day it’s “pretty close”. Lip service. The HC doesn’t value defense. The owner doesn’t have the money to put guarantee in escrow. They don’t have enough money available under the cap. They are trading him. The HC’s ego is getting in the way. Oh wait, those are just stories reserved for Mack and the Raiders. Everyone else gets a pass.

  2. Is there a player that is better at his job than Aaron Donald in the rams organization? You can argue for Gurley (and may have a good argument) but I’ll contend that the rams should’ve made him the priority this offseason. If I had to guess, he asked for $100 mil and they immediately started looking for a trade partner but could not find a good enough offer and now they are scrambling to cobble together money by kicking some cans down the road.

  3. How close? Like Aaron Donald is holding a pen, close? Or close like the exact opposite of the Raiders and Khalil Mack?

  4. kcsam76 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 5:17 pm
    Every day it’s “pretty close”. Lip service. The HC doesn’t value defense. The owner doesn’t have the money to put guarantee in escrow. They don’t have enough money available under the cap. They are trading him. The HC’s ego is getting in the way. Oh wait, those are just stories reserved for Mack and the Raiders. Everyone else gets a pass.

    Here’s a crazy thought: Maybe people aren’t saying those things about the Rams and Donald because they aren’t true about the Rams and Donald. The HC brought in Suh, Talib, and Peters, they have the cap space, and Stan Kroenke can definitely write that check. Mark Davis, not so much.

  5. The reason this is taking so long is because they know it’s going to destroy the organization’s chance for success as much as I do.

    Jared Goff is the only guy on that team worth that kind of scratch… And that’s debatable he needs a couple more years to prove his worth.

    I know Aaron Donald is a beast but you just can’t pay a Defender more than 15 million a year and stay Super Bowl material.

    You won’t have the depth you need.

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