The long stand-off between defensive lineman Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams came to an end Friday morning when the sides finally agreed to terms on a record seven-year contract according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Donald will end his hold out to rejoin his teammates in time for Monday Night Football in the Rams season opener against the Raiders.
Aaron Donald was entering the final year of his rookie contract and was scheduled to earn $6.9 million and refused to show up to off-season workouts and camp until he was rewarded with a new deal. Donald, a three-time All-Pro, four-time Pro Bowl selection and 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year, has 39 career sacks and nine forced fumbles in his career and is widely considered by many experts around the league as the most dominant player in the game and the biggest game-changing defender to game-plan against.
Now with Donald secured in Los Angeles for the next seven seasons, the Rams have solidified themselves as one of the deepest and most talented teams in the entire league. Just look at the defense with Donald back and under contract, they have a force in Ndamukong Suh signed to a prove it one-year deal after his release by Miami and also have the very imposing Michael Brockers alongside Donald & Suh to anchor down the defensive line. Oh yeah, and the Rams went out and traded for not one, but two great corners with some off-the-field issues in Aqib Talib & Marcus Peters. Both corners are exceptional football players, but will have to be held in check by their coaching staff.
The Rams offense is also one of the most explosive and dynamic in the league led by QB Jared Goff, superstar RB Todd Gurley and a deep receiving corp with Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods & Cooper Kupp. Their offensive line is amongst the best in all of football, and you add all this up and the Rams should be a lock to be competing well into the playoffs in 2018, possibly even vying for a championship.
Sean McVay and Wade Phillips will have to do all they can to massage the massive egos in that locker room, and if they can this team can certainly win a championship if they remain healthy. Otherwise, this thing could get radioactive with some of the moves they made this off-season. One thing is for sure, they won’t have to worry about Aaron Donald missing time any longer after both sides finally agreed to terms on a new extension. Good work Les Snead.