As Aaron Donald’s holdout continues, members of the Los Angeles Rams front office reportedly met with reps of the defensive superstar on Wednesday.
By now, the Los Angeles Rams and their fans assumed the holdout involving Aaron Donald would have been over, as the defensive superstar has been unhappy with his contract situation, and rightfully so when looking at how much he’s expected to make over the next two seasons. Unfortunately, the 2017 NFL preseason has officially come to an end, and as the Rams prepare for their first meeting of the regular season against the Indianapolis Colts, Donald’s holdout is still going on.
Even if something miraculous were to happen in the next couple of days, and Donald showed up, there’s no guarantee he would be at the level Los Angeles needs him to be for Week 1 after missing all of training camp along with the preseason. On a positive note, at least Rams fans have a slight reason for hope after finding out the news that certain members of the front office recently took some time out of their week to meet with Donald’s reps in Atlanta, as Ian Rapoport reported on Friday.
Given that it’s currently the weekend, and there still isn’t any news surrounding the holdout coming to an end for Donald, it’s tough to determine what kind of progress was made, if any at all, at the meeting. At this point, Rams fans just need to hope this whole situation will come to an end sooner rather to give the defense a better chance of competing in Wade Phillips‘ first season as defensive coordinator.
Between leading the league in quarterback hits (31) last season to recording 28 sacks over his first three seasons, it’s no secret that Donald has clearly made his case for deserving recognition as one of the league’s top defensive players. And if this holdout continues to drag on deep into the regular season, it’s only going to hold Los Angeles back from having the chance to compete in the NFC West in 2017.