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Aaron Donald | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/23/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 280
College: Pittsburgh
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (13) / LAR
Contract: view contract details
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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Rams DT Aaron Donald is threatening to extend his holdout into the regular season.
One source tells Schefter Donald could hold out the entire season. That's extremely unlikely, but speaks to a negotiating process that's currently going nowhere. Donald is ready to play hardball. The Rams' season kicks off in 24 days. Aug 17 - 1:36 PM

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Rams GM Les Snead said there hasn't been "any movement" in contract negotiations with Aaron Donald.

Donald has been holding out for two weeks, and there does not appear to be an end in sight. One of the best players in the league, the Rams need to have him on the field by the start of the season if they want to improve on last year's 4 wins.
Source: ESPN
Aug 12 - 11:47 AM

Rams DT Aaron Donald has yet to arrive at training camp.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Rams players were due at camp by 11 AM PST for their conditioning tests, but so far Donald has been a no-show. It's no surprise as Donald has been hinting at a holdout for weeks in hopes of a new contract. The two-time All-Pro surely deserves a raise but the Rams may be hesitant to give him one with two years left on his rookie deal.
Jul 28 - 2:08 PM

Rams GM Les Snead is uncertain if DT Aaron Donald will report to training camp or hold out.

Snead took a conciliatory tone, saying if Donald held out it's something the Rams would "(have) to respect." He added it's a "complicated situation," and that the sides are "working toward finding a solution." Donald is under team control for two more years, but the fifth-year team option is guaranteed for injury only in 2018. One of the league's three best defensive players, Donald isn't going to wait any longer to get paid. Donald turned 26 in May.
Jul 27 - 2:46 PM

Rams DT Aaron Donald said "we'll see what happens" when asked about a training camp holdout.

"I’m just working, just grinding and we’ll see what happens," was Donald's exact quote. Donald skipped OTAs, but avoided fines by reporting to mandatory minicamp. He would be subject to daily fines for holding out of training camp. Headed into his age-26 campaign, Donald is under team control for two more seasons.
Jun 29 - 3:53 PM

Rams GM Les Snead said there’s "nothing new" on DT Aaron Donald’s extension.

Donald held out of OTAs, but reported to mandatory minicamp. Despite a lack of progress, his contract is "still a priority" for the Rams. Donald is expected to land $19 million-plus annually.
Source: ESPN
Jun 16 - 6:10 PM

Rams DT Aaron Donald has reported for mandatory minicamp.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday it was "no sure thing" Donald would show up. 24 hours later, he showed up. Donald skipped OTAs. With his fifth-year team option exercised, Donald is under Rams control for the next two years, but it's extension time for one of the league's best players.
Jun 13 - 4:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said it is "no sure thing" Aaron Donald will return for mandatory minicamp.

Rapoport admits "most expect" Donald to attend, but he is "not convinced." Donald will be subject to fines if he skips, but those would likely be forgiven if the two sides work out a long-term deal. The Rams have their star lineman under control for the next two seasons after exercising Donald's fifth-year option, but they likely want to keep their best player happy. Donald's next contract should surpass Ndamukong Suh's six-year, $114.4-million deal with the Dolphins.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 12 - 9:42 AM

The Los Angeles Times "wouldn't be surprised" if DT Aaron Donald reports to mandatory minicamp next week.

Donald skipped OTAs over a contract dispute. He likely won't be extended before minicamp, but could attend to avoid fines. Donald's new deal should surpass the six years and $114.4 million Ndamukong Suh got from Miami.
Jun 9 - 6:02 PM

Rams DT Aaron Donald is skipping OTAs due to a contract dispute.

Keep in mind this round of OTAs is voluntary. "It has something to do with the contract," GM Les Snead acknowledged Monday. "We're at the serious part of (negotiations)." Donald is owed just $1.8 million in 2017, and in 2018 the Rams have him under control with a fifth-year team option. Donald wants his extension now, however, and the team is amenable. The best three-technique tackle in football, Donald is likely to become the NFL's highest-paid defensive player whenever he puts pen to paper.
May 22 - 5:40 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez reports the Rams are "very interested" in signing DT Aaron Donald to a long-term extension this summer.

According to Gonzalez, it will probably require the Rams making Donald the league's highest-paid defensive player. We would agree with that take. The Rams exercised Donald's fifth-year team option for 2018, putting him under contract for roughly $8.5 million total the next two years, but GM Les Snead admitted at the Combine "there's no doubt" that Donald "deserves a raise." He'll be getting a hefty one. Von Miller is currently the league's richest defensive player after landing a six-year, $114.5 million deal that included $70 million guaranteed.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 12 - 12:33 PM

Rams exercised DT Aaron Donald's fifth-year team option for 2018.

Arguably the only true building block on Los Angeles' roster, Donald is now due $6.892 million in 2018. He'll make far more when the two sides hammer out what could be the biggest-money deal ever for a defensive player, this offseason or next. The No. 13 overall pick in 2014, Donald has 28 sacks through three years and has never missed a game. He's been Pro Football Focus' No. 1 interior defensive lineman each of his three seasons, and it hasn't been particularly close. It'll be interesting to see how he fits in new DC Wade Phillips' 3-4.
Apr 12 - 8:34 AM

Rams DT Aaron Donald has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4.

Donald has been on a tear to open the season. He notched his first 1.5 sacks of the year this past Sunday against the Cardinals, but has a combined 24 QB hits and hurries. Donald also has 12 "stops," according to Pro Football Focus, which constitutes a solo tackle for an offensive failure. After being PFF's best overall player in 2015, Donald again holds that title after four weeks.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 10:35:00 AM

Rams DT Aaron Donald isn't expected to be suspended for making contact with an official in Monday's loss.

Donald exploded near the end of Monday's humiliating defeat in San Francisco, but his contact with the official was rather mild. It did get him ejected, of course. Donald has already apologized.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 02:36:00 PM

Rams DT Aaron Donald has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14.

Donald thoroughly dominated the interior of the Lions' offensive line this past Sunday, tossing C Travis Swanson around like a rag doll on his way to three sacks, six quarterback hits, and three tackles for loss. Donald is Pro Football Focus' No. 1 overall defensive player after 14 weeks by a healthy margin. Donald may be the biggest bargain in football at $880,750.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 10:18:00 AM

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