Rams’ Aaron Donald Could Miss Games

Aaron Donald‘s holdout might not end anytime soon. The Rams defensive tackle could take his holdout into the regular season, league sources tell ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (Facebook link). Aaron Donald (vertical)

One of Schefter’s sources even speculated that he could envision Donald sitting out the entire season. That would be an extreme measure, of course, but it says a lot about where negotiations are at this point in time.

Recently, Rams GM Les Snead indicated that the team has made a substantial extension offer to Donald. Apparently, the proposal was not to Donald’s liking.

Donald, 26, is slated to earn $3.225MM in 2017 and $6.892MM in 2018 through the fifth-year option. Those numbers are way below market for the player who graded as the league’s No. 1 interior defender in 2016, per Pro Football Focus. Donald may be seeking a deal that tops Ndamukong Suh‘s six-year, $114MM pact, making him the league’s highest paid defensive tackle.

An extended holdout may give Donald the leverage he needs since he still has two years of club control remaining on his contract.

 

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  1. phils phanatic

    well,good for him but does he really plan to sit out 2 full years and give bonus money back? and if so does he really think that any nfl team would want him after missing 2 full years?

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    • PasswordIsPassword

      Raiders wanted lynch and it’s easier to find a RB and he wasn’t as good in his last year

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    • mbldr2000

      I think if he sits out a full year the Rams should get another year of control on their contract. His choice not to play and get paid even if it is at substantially under his value. He signed the contract and the Rams have made a “substantial” extension offer despite the fact he is contractually obligated to play for them the next two seasons.

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      • Vedder80

        Why? The reason players hold out is because they are 1 injury away from getting nothing. If he owners don’t have to honor the contracts, why should the players have to?

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        • mbldr2000

          You mean other than the $5.62 MM signing bonus and the rookie contract mandated guaranteed money of roughly 10.1 MM (the entire contract)? Or did you have a different definition of nothing?

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      • pennantrace01

        Pretty sure they would get an extra year- just like hawks with Lynch

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