Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing league sources, reports that Rams DT Aaron Donald’s holdout is “threatening to last into the regular season.”
One source tells Schefter that he could envision Donald sitting out the 2017 season.
However, Schefter says that a lot can change in regards to negotiations in a very short period of time, but this goes to show that there’s still a lot of work to be done between the two parties. Schefter writes that the Rams and Donald currently are “not particularly close to a deal” but plan to stay in touch.
The Rams have made it clear that signing Donald to a massive contract is a priority for them. Although, there has been little indications of them making any real progress this summer.
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.