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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
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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

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Associated Press named Rams DT Aaron Donald its 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.

Donald missed all of training camp and the first week of the season to a holdout. Even with the missed time, he still had one of his best years — finishing with 11 sacks and leading the league with 91 pressures. A game-wrecker on the interior, Donald also had strong run-stopping PFF grades. Donald beat out Jaguars DE Calais Campbell (17 votes) and sack-leader Chandler Jones (5 votes) for the award. Entering a contract year, the Rams should give Donald a mega-extension this offseason.
Feb 3 - 6:46 PM

Rams GM Les Snead says there's "no timeline" for an extension with Aaron Donald.

"To be honest with you, I would be probably lying if I put a timeline on this one," was Snead's exact quote. "But, like I’ve always said with Aaron … we want him to be a Ram a long time. So when we ink that deal or not — I can’t put a timeline on it. But it is a major priority, as it always will be until we get it done." Donald said Thursday he has no plans to hold out this summer. With the specter of back-to-back franchise tags looming after 2018, Donald doesn't have a ton of leverage.
Source: therams.com
Jan 11 - 9:45 PM

Contract-year DT Aaron Donald has no plans to hold out for the second-consecutive year in 2018.

Turning 27 in May, Donald will be grossly underpaid in 2018 ($6.89 million), but lacks the holdout "leverage" he had last summer. He must report a month before the start of the regular season if he wants to become a free agent, as scheduled, in 2019. Even at that point, Donald will be franchise tagged absent a long-term deal. With the ability to franchise tag Donald again in 2020, the Rams hold all the cards. Donald has a strong claim to 2017 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 11 - 4:27 PM

The Rams had a league-best six players -- DT Aaron Donald, RB Todd Gurley, P Johnny Hekker, LT Andrew Whitworth, K Greg Zuerlein, and KR Pharoh Cooper -- selected to the Associated Press' All-Pro first team.

Donald received 49-of-50 first-team votes at the position, earning first-team honors for the third straight year. He should break the bank on a mega extension this offseason after holding out last summer before eventually reporting and continued his domination. Antonio Brown was the lone unanimous All-Pro pick, being named to his fourth All-Pro team. With Rob Gronkowski winning the nod at tight end over Travis Kelce, Gronkowski earned $2.5 million in incentives.
Jan 5 - 12:15 PM

Rams activated DT Aaron Donald from the exempt list.

This was fully expected. Donald has only a week of practice after holding out of training camp, but will start against the Redskins. Rams DC Wade Phillips said Donald could play limited snaps.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 04:12:00 PM

Rams DC Wade Phillips suggested DT Aaron Donald could be on a "pitch count" against the Redskins in Week 2.

Donald only has three practices under his belt after holding out all of training camp and it sounds like the Rams will limit his exposure in his season debut Sunday against Washington. Despite the long layoff, Donald has impressed in practice this week and should be back at full speed before long.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 01:28:00 PM

Rams DT Aaron Donald returned to practice on Wednesday.

He ended his holdout over the weekend and is expected to make his season debut Sunday against Washington. Donald's garnered PFF's No. 1 defensive tackle grade in 2016 while earning All-Pro status for the second straight year.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 05:09:00 PM

Coach Sean McVay said he's confident Aaron Donald will be ready to play against Washington in Week 2.

He reported to the team on Saturday and has already passed his physical, so there's no reason to think the Rams won't have their best defensive player. The Rams were the first team in NFL history to record two interception-return touchdowns and a safety in a season opener, so the bar will be pretty high after their impressive win.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 08:11:00 PM

Profootballtalk reports DT Aaron Donald has reported to the Rams.

Donald passed his physical after sitting out training camp, but won't play against the Colts this week. It's a surprise after most reports expected Donald to hold out into the regular season. The Rams haven't made much progress on Donald's extension, but talks could heat up now that he's back with the team. Donald has a chance to return on a limited snap count in Week 2.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 02:21:00 PM

Rams coach Sean McVay admitted holdout DT Aaron Donald is unlikely to play Week 1 against the Colts.

"It's safe to say he won't be part of this game," said McVay. The Rams touched base with Donald's representatives last week but obviously they didn't make any headway in contract talks. The star DT remains out indefinitely.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 03:12:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Rams holdout DT Aaron Donald is expected to miss Week 1.

As Schefter notes, this is not a surprise, but coach Sean McVay was holding out hope of a return earlier this week. Schefter reports there has been "no recent progress" in contract talks. This holdout looks like it will last a while.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 12:23:00 PM

Rams coach Sean McVay would not rule out Aaron Donald for Week 1.

"But right now he’s not here," McVay quickly added. "Guys are ready to go and we’re getting a plan in place and the preparation goes on." It is stunning the Rams are playing hardball with their best player, but it now looks like Donald's holdout will stretch into the regular season.
Source: therams.com
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 09:15:00 AM

Rams coach Sean McVay said he's "optimistic" on holdout DT Aaron Donald's status.

The Rams recently met with Donald's agents, but there's been nothing to suggest his return is close. Donald skipped all of training camp and is threatening to extend his holdout into the regular season. With only a week before the opener, the Rams are running out of time to extend Donald.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 07:56:00 PM

According to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez, members of the Rams' front office flew to Atlanta Wednesday to meet with Aaron Donald's representatives at CAA.

Per Gonzalez, Donald's return is not imminent and the two sides simply met to "keep the dialogue going." Donald has held out all of camp in pursuit of a new contract. It's unclear if he'll resurface ahead of next week's opener against the Colts.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 01:38:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
DE1Aaron Donald
2Michael Brockers
3Dominique Easley
4Morgan Fox
5Omarius Bryant
NT1Ndamukong Suh
2Ethan Westbrooks
3Tanzel Smart
ILB1Mark Barron
2Cory Littleton
3Ramik Wilson
4Bryce Hager
OLB1Matt Longacre
2Samson Ebukam
3Garrett Sickels
4Carlos Thompson
5Ejuan Price
CB1Marcus Peters
2Aqib Talib
3Nickell Robey-Coleman
4Sam Shields
5Troy Hill
FS1John Johnson
2Isaiah Johnson
SS1Lamarcus Joyner
2Blake Countess
3Marqui Christian
P1Johnny Hekker