Aaron Donald: I’m ready to try to run it back

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Defensive tackle Aaron Donald set a new benchmark for non-quarterbacks with his three-year, $95 million deal with the Rams.

The eight-time Pro Bowler and seven-time All-Pro was contemplating retirement. But he told reporters on Tuesday that becoming the highest-paid defensive player “wasn’t important” to him in making his decision to continue playing football.

“It’s about other things off the field that was going on in my life that had to get situated,” Donald said, via Kevin Modesti of the Southern California News Group. “Being here with the organization that I’ve been with since day 1, that I grew with and became a world champion with, I’m ready to try to run it back and create that feeling all over again.

In the aftermath of winning Super Bowl LVI, Donald said that if the Rams were able to bring back key players like edge rusher Von Miller and receiver Odell Beckham Jr., then he would be more inclined to come back as well. Miller ended up signing with the Bills and Beckham remains on the open market as he rehabs a torn ACL.

But the Rams were able to add high-profile players like linebacker Bobby Wagner and receiver Allen Robinson through free agency.

“I think one of the most important things for me was feeling that the pieces we brought in were still going to give us an opportunity to win another Super Bowl,” Donald said. “I truly believe that we’ve got the pieces here, the players here, the coaches here to make that come to life. We lost some good guys, but we gained some good guys too.”

Donald finished the 2021 regular season with 12.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, and 25 quarterback hits. He added 3.5 sacks, four tackles for loss, and nine QB hits in Los Angeles’ four postseason games.

18 responses to “Aaron Donald: I’m ready to try to run it back

  1. But he told reporters on Tuesday that becoming the highest-paid defensive player “wasn’t important” to him in making his decision to continue playing football.
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    I’m sure it was a MAJOR reason.

  2. Donald did his Aaron Rodgers impersonation and it worked “oh I would be happy retiring, no problem” ya until he signed a long term deal for mega bucks. Wow how these owners suck up to hype every time.

  3. So he was going to retire. Told everybody he came into the league only wanting to play 8 years. Then signed a huge new contract and now he’s ready to play? Not a good look.

  4. Did you expect him to say anything else? Most people want to win, Or get paid.but to get both would be preferred.

  5. He’s ready now. So he’s not ready when the money is not there. Got it.

  6. Unfortunately for Aaron and Associates – if there WAS EVER a team with failure to be a repeat super bowl winner, the Rams are it. Watch.

  7. I though it was a salary cap in place? Fellow readers, please educate me if I am wrong. No wonder Deebo is upset. If every other team can manipulate the cap..why cant the Niners?

  8. In other words, he’ll take off the playoffs like he did the first year he was in it. We’ve seen this fraud before. All regular season and then he is out played by others on the defense but gets credit for the success.

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