Rams DT Aaron Donald said “we’ll see what happens” when asked about the possibility that he could hold out of training camp for a new contract.
“I’m just working, just grinding and we’ll see what happens,” Donald said during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio Thursday, via the Sporting News.
Donald added that he plans to leave contract negotiations up to his agent.
“I’m just letting my agents handle that,” Donald said. “All I can do is keep working to keep myself in top shape.”
In regards to the team’s plans for him in Wade Phillips‘ 3-4 defense, Donald said he’ll still play three-tech and remain at defensive tackle.
“I’m going to be a three-tech and stay at defensive tackle,” Donald said. “In certain situations, we’re going to see what happens. We might be moving around. But with a good defensive coordinator like (Phillips), he’s definitely going to put guys in position to be successful to help the team try to win games. That’s what it’s about.”
There was some talk that Donald could skip mandatory minicamp but he elected to show up for the session a few weeks ago.
The Rams have made it clear that signing Donald to a massive contract is a priority for them.
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 contract for Donald as the news is available.