Now that Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley have secured lucrative long-term deals from the Los Angeles Rams, interested footballers are wondering where Aaron Donald is gone.
Dropping a new contract, Donald holds his services for the beginning of training camp on Wednesday. A team source tells NFL network insider Ian Rapoport that Donald is not among the players.
After holding the entire training camp last summer, Donald announced himself one day before the season opener in September. Although he played only 14 games, he matched his career highs with 11 sacks and led the league slightly with 91 quarterback pressure per pro football focus.
The total score of 13 in the 2014 draft should be just under $ 7 million in the final year of his rookie deal. This is going to be tricky this time around: if Donald does not announce himself at least a month before the opening of the regular season, his free agency would be pushed back another year.
While this peculiarity of NFL legislation could cost Donald The manager Les Snead has already admitted that the star of the organization will be the league's highest paid defensive player once the details are known.
That's the catch. The prospect of writing a blank check that not only puts the market back, but also the club's ability to add or hold talent is not attractive.
Gurley and Cooks have accepted the Rams' offer, Donald's contract inquiries can be much more complex. Will Donald, for example, wait for the Khalil Mack Domino to fall and give its representatives a clear goal of outdoing the negotiations?
"Every situation is different," Snead said Tuesday. "Different players, different agents … you work on everything at the same time, but you really do not know when you need to do something or not, because it's on a case-by-case basis."
How fanatical sports loyalists are used to Doing Rams fans have turned to social media to thwart their frustrations and push for a deal with Donald.
"We're trying," Snead continued. Definitely, I agree with the fans, we definitely want to give Aaron what he deserves and make him a ram for a long time. "
How will Snead and his cohorts manage? Satisfies Donald's demands after pouring large sums on Cooks and Gurley, along with the big acquisitions Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters?
Prior to the buying frenzy of owner Stan Kroenke, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network on Tuesday issued Inside Training Camp Live in 2019 and 2020 there was no team in the league that had fewer contracts for contracts had completed. Even after Gurley's mega-deal on Tuesday, only the Bills have less space for 2020.
With a young squad and the competitive edge of a starting quarterback still operating on a relatively reasonable rookie contract, the Rams have plenty of flexibility Forward. As Snead pointed out in April, a new deal for Donald has already flowed into the team's financial plans.
Snead has not given up hope of making a deal at the camp early, possibly backed by Donald's ticking clock. The reigning NFL defensive player of the year has a little more than two weeks to report before he jeopardizes his status as a freelancer for 2019.