Early indications point to Aaron Donald possibly being unhappy with the Los Angeles Rams over his contract situation.
Monday was an exciting day for the Los Angeles Rams and their fans, as the team held their first organized team activities of 2017 with new head coach Sean McVay calling the shots. After finishing the 2016 season with a 4-12 record, the Rams have done everything in their power to improve on both sides of the football this offseason, but it looks like the team may have to deal with a surprise issue of an unhappy Aaron Donald.
The Rams defensive tackle was the one notable player absent from Monday’s OTAs, and despite the team exercising his fifth-year option back in the middle of April, it’s easy to understand why Donald could be feeling frustration towards the organization. In just three seasons, Donald has emerged as one of the top defensive players in the NFL, and if Los Angeles was smart, they would do whatever it takes to make their superstar happy with a hefty deal he clearly deserves.
There’s been plenty of speculation over the last few months that a new deal for Donald seemed capable of happening sooner rather than later, but to see him skipping OTAs due to frustration towards the organization is a dangerous game the Rams can’t afford to play. When considering Donald still managed to lead the league last year with 31 quarterback hits despite all of the extra attention he received from opponents, this shows just how special of a player he truly is for Los Angeles.
If the Rams were willing to reward Tavon Austin, even though he clearly doesn’t deserve it, with a hefty $42 million extension prior to the start of 2016, a much larger deal for someone like Donald should be no brainer. After all of the progress made by Los Angeles over the last few months to improve from last year’s disastrous season, here’s to hoping the team doesn’t waste any more time stalling this new contract for Donald to avoid making him unhappier than he already seems to be.