Aaron Donald changes Twitter bio to “former NFL D lineman for the Rams,” then changes it back

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We interrupt the ongoing coverage of the playoffs to make note of the possibility that one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history will never play again.

Aaron Donald has changed his Twitter bio to say “former NFL D Linemen for the Rams #99.” And then, just as people were noticing it, he changed it back.

As we’ve learned during the rise of social media (which has coincided with the general decline of society), these things don’t happen accidentally or randomly. This is how people send messages. And the message from Donald could be that he’s done. Or at least that he’s thinking about it.

If Donald eventually decides to retire, it comes only one year after getting a massive new contract that, as written, gives him the ability to walk away without financial consequence after 2023. If he leaves no, he’ll owe the Rams some money, in theory. Donald was serious about retiring without that contract; he supposedly submitted a retirement letter to the Rams days before inking his new deal.

Whether anyone in the organization would be willing to ask him for it is a different question.

Regardless, only two days after the sudden Sean McVay resignation drama ended, there’s a second annual Aaron Donald retirement drama.

Last year, he was motivated by a legitimate desire to get a new deal. This year, it’s unclear what he’s trying to do. Unless he simply realizes that a full-blown rebuild is needed in L.A., and that he’ll be long gone before things turn around.

And maybe that’s the play for Donald. He said he’s a “former NFL D Lineman for the Rams.” Maybe, this year, he wants to be traded to a team that is in better position to contend in 2023.

39 responses to “Aaron Donald changes Twitter bio to “former NFL D lineman for the Rams,” then changes it back

  1. No issue with a player wanting to get their money

    That said, Donald knew the Rams weren’t overflowing with money to shore up other spots on an aging roster while being bereft of draft capital when he inked that extension. No sympathy for the inevitable losses with that roster building strategy

  2. These guys wouldn’t be attention seekers if there weren’t so many willing to give it to them.

    What’s with the 24/7 monitoring of player social media accounts, anyway.

  3. He should be sending Ndamukong Suh a fat check every Christmas. The year Suh was with LA, eating up two blockers on every play, was Donald’s best season and without Suh, he hasn’t been the same. Suh got him that contract.

  4. So many non-Rams fans are desperately hoping Donald retires.

    Top defensive player in history.

  5. He’s got 28.5 million guaranteed for next season. He’d not only be walking away from that but the Rams could try to recoup a portion of his signing bonus. The man had made a lot of money but that would be pretty crazy to see if he walked away now.

  6. Perhaps it’s not a retirement hint but just means the Rams have spoken to him about trading him.

  7. dawgpound82 says:
    January 15, 2023 at 4:39 pm
    So many non-Rams fans are desperately hoping Donald retires.

    Top defensive player in history.

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    Please child….

    Lawrence Taylor
    Dick Butkus
    Reggie White
    Joe Greene
    Alan Page

  8. Danielle K says:
    January 15, 2023 at 4:08 pm
    Somebody wants attention
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    You, apparently.

  9. pookiebooboo says:
    January 15, 2023 at 4:30 pm
    He should be sending Ndamukong Suh a fat check every Christmas. The year Suh was with LA, eating up two blockers on every play, was Donald’s best season and without Suh, he hasn’t been the same. Suh got him that contract.
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    Suh was a beast but if you’re trying to imply Donald was not great without him I’m guessing you don’t watch many Rams games. AD gets double or tripled on every play and every offensive game plan starts with trying to keep him from wrecking the game.

  10. Brian Meany says:
    January 15, 2023 at 4:07 pm
    Much like his buddy Stafford…he needs to retire
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    You would like that wouldn’t you Clara fan?

  11. “former NFL D Linemen for the Rams #99.”

    What’s the fuss — maybe he wants to mix it up in 2023, play a little LB or CB (couldn’t be much worse than Ramsey)? Maybe some wildcat QB.

  12. wearitclara says:
    January 15, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    pookiebooboo says:
    January 15, 2023 at 4:30 pm
    He should be sending Ndamukong Suh a fat check every Christmas. The year Suh was with LA, eating up two blockers on every play, was Donald’s best season and without Suh, he hasn’t been the same. Suh got him that contract.
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    Suh was a beast but if you’re trying to imply Donald was not great without him I’m guessing you don’t watch many Rams games. AD gets double or tripled on every play and every offensive game plan starts with trying to keep him from wrecking the game.
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    *Used to get double and triple teamed… he’s washed now. His Pro Bowl this year was off name recognition only… there were MANY better players at his position this year. Next year he won’t even make the Pro Bowl. Better to retire now than push it and tarnish the name.

    To anyone saying AD99 is a Top 10 All-Time, AD99 is not in the Top 10 All-Time defensive players. Maybe the top 20 All-Time defensive, or maybe top 10 of the 2000’s. But not Top 10 All-Time, he isn’t close… closer to being the 20th best All-Time. Which is still amazing, but just stop with top 10 All-Time.

  13. Is anyone other than I sick and tired of these prima Donna athletes and their annual retirement sagas?

  14. “Whether anyone in the organization would be willing to ask him for it is a different question.”

    They had better ask for the money over the phone so he can’t choke them or hit them with a helmet!

  15. Or maybe he really does want a trade. Aaron may just want to broaden his horizons and choke players in a whole different division!

  16. sconnieeaglesfan says:
    January 15, 2023 at 6:13 pm
    wearitclara says:
    January 15, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    pookiebooboo says:
    January 15, 2023 at 4:30 pm
    He should be sending Ndamukong Suh a fat check every Christmas. The year Suh was with LA, eating up two blockers on every play, was Donald’s best season and without Suh, he hasn’t been the same. Suh got him that contract.
    ———————————————————————–
    Suh was a beast but if you’re trying to imply Donald was not great without him I’m guessing you don’t watch many Rams games. AD gets double or tripled on every play and every offensive game plan starts with trying to keep him from wrecking the game.
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    *Used to get double and triple teamed… he’s washed now. His Pro Bowl this year was off name recognition only… there were MANY better players at his position this year. Next year he won’t even make the Pro Bowl. Better to retire now than push it and tarnish the name.

    To anyone saying AD99 is a Top 10 All-Time, AD99 is not in the Top 10 All-Time defensive players. Maybe the top 20 All-Time defensive, or maybe top 10 of the 2000’s. But not Top 10 All-Time, he isn’t close… closer to being the 20th best All-Time. Which is still amazing, but just stop with top 10 All-Time.
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    What a surprise Philly fan has wind in their jaws. Clearly you also didn’t see many Rams games this year. The only time he didn’t get doubled is when he lined up as OLB and the protection scheme broke down.

  17. It makes sense that the Rams may have spoken to him about being traded. Ramsey too for that matter. It also makes sense because he was invisible with the high ankle sprain and not playing down the stretch and maybe the Rams sat him so he wouldn’t get further injured in meaningless games. They could recoup some draft capitol and free up some money.

  18. This is so cheesy and stupid. Yes, he’s a great player, yes, he can walk into the hall of fame the moment he’s eligible, but please, all of these guys need to stop with the “look at me”, washing social media, crypic stuff, wishy washy, just make up your mind on your own then tell us please.

  19. I can just see Aaron Donald go “hmmm, I’m bored”, what can I do to get people talking about me”? Oh oooops!! Lol

  20. My goodness. Sean McVay not sure if he wants to coach anymore, which of course means he doesn’t, and now their best player doing the same thing. That Rams GM should walk around Inglewood with a cool hip T-Shirt that says, F The Future.

  21. theoriginalsurferbob says:
    January 15, 2023 at 7:57 pm
    My goodness. Sean McVay not sure if he wants to coach anymore, which of course means he doesn’t, and now their best player doing the same thing. That Rams GM should walk around Inglewood with a cool hip T-Shirt that says, F The Future.
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    Shouldn’t you be more concerned with how Shanahan will lose in epic fashion this year? Surfing in No Cal with all that e-coli in the water must be effecting your thought process.

  22. sconnieeaglesfan says:
    January 15, 2023 at 6:13 pm
    wearitclara says:
    January 15, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    pookiebooboo says:
    January 15, 2023 at 4:30 pm
    He should be sending Ndamukong Suh a fat check every Christmas. The year Suh was with LA, eating up two blockers on every play, was Donald’s best season and without Suh, he hasn’t been the same. Suh got him that contract.
    ———————————————————————–
    Suh was a beast but if you’re trying to imply Donald was not great without him I’m guessing you don’t watch many Rams games. AD gets double or tripled on every play and every offensive game plan starts with trying to keep him from wrecking the game.
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    *Used to get double and triple teamed… he’s washed now. His Pro Bowl this year was off name recognition only… there were MANY better players at his position this year. Next year he won’t even make the Pro Bowl. Better to retire now than push it and tarnish the name.

    To anyone saying AD99 is a Top 10 All-Time, AD99 is not in the Top 10 All-Time defensive players. Maybe the top 20 All-Time defensive, or maybe top 10 of the 2000’s. But not Top 10 All-Time, he isn’t close… closer to being the 20th best All-Time. Which is still amazing, but just stop with top 10 All-Time.
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    The fact that he was voted the best defensive player in the NFL the last five years by his peers and was arguably the SB MVP last year doesn’t support your comment.

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