Aaron Donald: I’d be lying if I said new contract didn’t bring new pressure

AP

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald isn’t the highest-paid defensive player in the league anymore, but he is the owner of a handsome new contract that comes with high expectations for how he will perform in the years to come.

While Donald was making a guest appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio, he was asked if he felt increased pressure to reach those expectations as a result of the new contract. Donald said he did feel that way, but also felt more motivated than he did before signing the deal.

“You could say that,” Donald said. “I feel like if I say it wouldn’t then I’d be lying. Mr. [Stan] Kroenke invested into me. I feel like I’m that type of player to help the organization. If anything, it just motivated me to work even harder. I just don’t want to let them down. I’m watching film right now. So, it just make you want to work even that much harder. So just work, continue to grind and lead by example. The way I work, you catch on and get this thing going.”

One would imagine the Rams don’t harbor any fears that Donald will either slack off or crumble under the weight of his new deal. They’ll get their first chance to see a return on their investment on Monday night against the Raiders.

12 responses to “Aaron Donald: I’d be lying if I said new contract didn’t bring new pressure

  1. Yikes…unless some bad defensive injuries hit the Rams….I pity Russell Wilson agains Donald and Suh. One stepped on him a basically hobbled him for most of a season while the other enjoys body slamming him repeatedly.

  2. He is arguably the hardest worker in the game today and just as powerful. Derek Carr probably has a prescription filled with Xanax knowing what’s coming at him in 6 days.

  3. Interesting opening game – the team that broke the bank for their defensive star vs the team that didn’t. Will be checking the stat line for sure.

  4. Great player. Love the way LA has gone all in this year. But they must win a SB or it’s for naught. Still, I’d rather be watching LA this week than watching Russell Wilson run for his life. But Seattle won a SB, and in fact should have won 2, so not a total loss here in the Emerald City! Good luck this year LA!

  5. It’s all downhill from now ram fans. He got his money, now comes the fat, dumb, and happy scenario!!

  6. jackedupboonie says:
    September 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm
    Yikes…unless some bad defensive injuries hit the Rams….I pity Russell Wilson agains Donald and Suh. One stepped on him a basically hobbled him for most of a season while the other enjoys body slamming him repeatedly.

    The new NFL rules protect QB’s really good these days, Wilson and others will be just fine. YOU OVERPAID!

  7. Absolutely there is pressure. Donald is an excellent defensive player, but if everyone else doesn’t step up it doesn’t mean nothing. They have 2yrs max then Goff, Gurley, Peters, etc will all be looking to get paid…won’t be pretty. I know the cap value can increase BUT so do the salaries and that is what everyone forgets. Peters and company will be wanting top dollar and that will be a cap issue.

  8. Carroll Prescott says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:02 pm
    I hope it crushes you. Extortionist.
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    Don’t you wish we could downvote some PFT comments more than just once?

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