Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source, reports that while the Rams and DT Aaron Donald are in negotiations regarding a long-term extension, the two sides are “not close” to a deal.
Donald held out of training camp and Adam Schefter of ESPN reported a few weeks ago that Donald’s holdout is “threatening to last into the regular season.”
Donald is in position to be one of the highest-paid players in the NFL when all is said and done, but the Rams have him under control through the 2018 season and could always franchise him if needed in 2019.
Donald, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Rams back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $10.136 million and set to make a base salary of $1,802,250 for the 2017 season when the Rams picked up his fifth-year team option for the 2018 season.
This will run them around $6.892 million for the 2018 season, but is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.
In 2016, Donald appeared in all 16 games for the Rams and recorded 47 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and five pass defenses.
We’ll have more regarding a new deal for Donald as the news is available.