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Aaron Donald | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/23/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 280
College: Pittsburgh
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (13) / LAR
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Aaron Donald recorded four sacks, six tackles for loss, and a forced fumble in the Rams' Week 7 win over the 49ers.
Donald absolutely dominated this game as the Rams sacked C.J. Beathard seven times and forced four turnovers. One of those turnovers was a play in which Donald ripped the ball right out of Matt Breida's hands, setting the offense up for their first touchdown. After a slow start, Donald now has eight sacks in his last four games. Oct 21 - 8:15 PM

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Rams signed DT Aaron Donald to a six-year, $135 million extension through 2024.

Donald gets $87 million guaranteed. At $22.5 million per year in new money, Donald is now the league's highest-paid defensive player. He's well worth it after winning Defensive Player of the Year honors last season and being named a first-team All Pro each of the last three seasons. Donald has 39 sacks through four seasons and has established himself as the premier interior lineman in the NFL. With Donald's situation resolved, the Rams are pretty well set moving forward. Todd Gurley was also locked up this summer.
Aug 31 - 12:10 PM

Rams GM Les Snead confirmed an extension is "close" with holdout DT Aaron Donald.

The Rams have ramped up Donald talks with only a week left in the preseason. Donald's holdout forced him to sit out opening day last year. Assuming the sides hammer out a deal, he shouldn't miss regular season time. Donald's contract is going to make him one of the highest paid defenders in the league.
Aug 29 - 5:10 PM

Rams coach Sean McVay had "no update" on holdout DT Aaron Donald.

McVay also avoided putting a timetable on Donald's return, saying it is "hard to say" if the defender will report by the end of the week. "I think that we're proactively working to try to get this thing done," McVay said. "We'd like to see Aaron here. But if not, if we're not able to, we sure have a lot of confidence in the guys that are here." Last season, Donald ended his holdout one day before the season opener and did not make his debut until Week 2.
Aug 27 - 9:01 AM

Rams coach Sean McVay said the team has "increased dialogue" with holdout Aaron Donald.

"We feel positive about the direction that these things are going," said McVay at Saturday's practice. "I think there's a level of urgency that's being displayed from us." The Rams threw gobs of money at Todd Gurley, Ndamukong Suh and Brandin Cooks this offseason but the reigning Defensive Player of the Year is still looking for his big payday and is willing to sit out as long as it takes to make it happen. Anything short of being the highest-paid defender in football would likely be a non-starter for Donald as he enters the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: therams.com
Aug 12 - 11:04 AM

Rams GM Les Snead said the team and holdout Aaron Donald are "in the same zip code, ballpark, area code" on extension talks.

"Zip code usually means you're close but you still haven't agreed," Snead said. It sounds like the two sides are making progress, though Snead could obviously be blowing smoke after COO Kevin Demoff made some waves last week when he said the two sides "just don't agree" on Donald's value. Donald reportedly wants every bit of $20 million annually and perhaps even more.
Aug 8 - 11:20 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports holdout Aaron Donald has "no plans" to report to the Rams "anytime soon."

Earlier Monday, coach Sean McVay said he doesn't believe anything will change on the Donald front "in the near future." This comes on the heels of COO Kevin Demoff admitting the sides "just don't agree" on contract parameters, though discussions remain open. Donald very likely -- and rightfully so -- wants to be the highest-paid defender in the league. The Rams have been handing out money left and right since the end of last year; it's unfortunate Donald hasn't seen any.
Aug 6 - 7:08 PM

Rams COO Kevin Demoff said they "just don’t agree" with Aaron Donald's representation about the Defensive Player of the Year's value.

This is obvious considering there is no deal, but it is still interesting to hear someone involved in the negotiations be so open about the situation. "We’ll keep working at it, but I enjoy talking to them," Demoff said. "This isn’t contentious, this isn’t personal. We just have to find the right deal to reward Aaron for the special player he is." Despite Demoff's optimistic tone, it seems likely this standoff continues through training camp.
Aug 2 - 12:26 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports some people in the league believe Aaron Donald "will not play another down on his existing contract."

Reports like this are usually just negotiation tactics, but Donald has legitimate reasons to be angry after watching the Rams hand out big deals to both Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley. Donald will lose an accrued season for free agency if he does not report by August 7, meaning he would be a restricted free agent after the season, but Ian Rapoport reports that date is inconsequential to both sides. As it stands, Donald is scheduled to make $6.892 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jul 26 - 8:11 AM

Rams contract-year DT Aaron Donald was absent for the start of training camp on Wednesday.

It's no surprise after he was a no-show at last month's mandatory minicamp. Donald surely took notice of teammate Todd Gurley's four-year, $60 million extension and now wants one of his own. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is said to have made progress in contract talks with Los Angeles, though obviously a deal is not imminent. Donald sat out of all training camp last year and may do the same in 2018 if the two sides can't reach a compromise. As is, the 27-year-old is due $6.892 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Jul 25 - 1:06 PM

Rams GM Les Snead insists the team is "going to continue working to get something done" with contract-year DT Aaron Donald.

"I know we’ll get questions about him, but Aaron’s a big part of who we are, where we want to go," Snead said Tuesday. "We’re going to continue working to get something done with Aaron." The Rams have extended Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley in recent days but not their superstar defensive tackle, a superstar defensive tackle who held out until Week 1 last season. Snead professed ignorance when asked if Donald would report on Thursday, but it seems unlikely.
Jul 24 - 5:14 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports contract-year DT Aaron Donald has "told some close to him" he expects a new deal before the beginning of training camp.

The Rams surprisingly took care of Brandin Cooks before their franchise player. Donald held out of the Rams' offseason program. Donald held out until one day before the opener last season. There's been no word on his thinking on that front for 2018.
Jul 17 - 6:29 PM

The Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein writes there is no indication Aaron Donald will attend this week's mandatory minicamp.

It is a departure from last season when Donald skipped OTAs but did show up for minicamp. That said, his absence is not surprising. Set to make $6.892 million in the final year of his rookie deal, Donald is almost certainly looking for an extension which would make him the highest paid defensive player in the league. The three-time All-Pro earned Defensive Player of the Year honors last season.
Jun 12 - 8:31 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Aaron Donald will not participate in OTAs.

It is not a surprise considering he held out through training camp last year in search of a new deal, one which he has yet to be awarded despite earning Defensive Player of the Year honors last season. Donald is scheduled to make $6.892 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
May 21 - 9:40 AM

The Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein reports Aaron Donald is not expected to report for the start of the offseason program.

Scheduled to earn $6.892 million in the final year of his rookie deal, Donald is rightfully looking for a mega-extension. GM Les Snead said the two sides have a "timeline" for an extension, but it makes perfect sense for Donald to sit out offseason work until the deal is signed. In a similar spot last year, Donald skipped voluntary work, did not participate in drills during minicamp, and sat out all of training camp. He could follow a similar script this year if the Rams do not get something done.
Apr 16 - 8:30 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
DE1Aaron Donald
2Michael Brockers
3Ethan Westbrooks
4John Franklin-Myers
5Sebastian Joseph
NT1Ndamukong Suh
2Tanzel Smart
ILB1Mark Barron
2Cory Littleton
3Ramik Wilson
4Bryce Hager
5Micah Kiser
OLB1Matt Longacre
2Samson Ebukam
3Justin Lawler
4Trevon Young
5Dominique Easley
CB1Marcus Peters
2Sam Shields
3Nickell Robey-Coleman
4Troy Hill
5Aqib Talib
FS1Lamarcus Joyner
2Blake Countess
SS1John Johnson
2Marqui Christian
P1Johnny Hekker