It was a rough season last year for the Rams: they moved to a new city, lost their coach, had cameras surrounding their entire season, watched their star running back falter in his sophomore year and to top it debuted an incredibly underwhelming Jared Goff.
One of the few bright spots on the roster was defensive star Aaron Donald, who in his third year amassed 47 combined tackles, 12 assists and 8 sacks.
Aaron Donald has been the Rams best player since he stepped on the field as a rookie pic.twitter.com/aLhSgvQWfL
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 22, 2017
He’s easily the most talented player on the Rams’ roster and made Pro Football Focuses’ top 50 list…as number 1. They dubbed Donald a “one-man wrecking crew” and praised his ability to pressure the quarterback.
Rams players were due at 11 am PST. Aaron Donald still has now shown up yet. He's now officially late. Looks like holdout is on.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2017
This probably wasn’t the start that Les Snead and Sean McVay wanted for the new Los Angeles Rams. That being said, it’s almost a certainty that the Rams will get a deal done with Donald.
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General Manager Les Snead had this to say about the Donald holdout: “Aaron is a priority. The goal is still the same, make Aaron a Ram for a long, long time, so that didn’t change at all. I definitely respect Aaron as a human, respect the process.”
Donald is under contract through the 2017 season as well as having an option for the 2018 season. He’s going to get a huge payday, the question now for Les Snead and the Rams is simply when.