The day has finally come Rams fans, Aaron Donald has returned to the team. The long-lasting contract holdout of star defensive lineman Aaron Donald has finally come to a close. Donald reported to Rams facilities today and passed his physical.

Contract

Donald has still not received a contract extension from the team and remains possibly the most underpaid player in the league. The three time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year looks to be on the path towards Canton if he continues to play at this level. However, he is only slated to make $1.8 million this season, an absolute bargain for the team.

Many fans and others around the league felt that Donald should not be holding out, given that he still has two years remaining on his contract. Regardless, he is still arguably the best defensive player in the entire NFL, and deserves to be paid as such.

Negotiations will likely continue, and it is a sign of good faith on Donald’s part that he is rejoining the team. The Rams do not want him to slip away when his contract finally does expire, they will look to get a deal done that makes sense for both sides whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Short-term Outlook

Donald is back with the team, a huge weight off the shoulders of the organization. However, the Rams first game is on Sunday and coach Sean McVay ruled Donald out on Friday. Things always have the potential to change in the NFL, but Rams fans should not expect to see Donald take the field against the Colts.

Donald’s presence also means that someone will have to be removed from the 53-man roster either this week or next, depending on if he is active on Sunday. The Rams will likely waive Morgan Fox if they choose to get rid of a defensive lineman, or look to another position.

Long-term Outlook

The Rams now have their best player back on board, for now. They must secure Donald for the future, as he is one of the cornerstones of their franchise. Negotiations with Donald’s agent should continue throughout the season, no time should go to waste. It is important that a holdout is avoided for next season, the Rams want to avoid repeating this situation.

The team will now be the best form of itself. Simply put, they can go much farther with Donald than they can without him. Now that he is back with the team they have the potential to play to their fullest potential this season. They just have to make it past the Luck-less Colts without him on Sunday.

– Andrew Kelly is the Managing Editor for cover32/Rams and covers the Los Angeles Rams. Like and follow on


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