Should Rams RB Todd Gurley see Aaron Donald as a cautionary tale?

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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley recently commented on his willingness to wait to “get paid.” Words he should hope he does not come to regret.

If you are a Los Angeles Rams fan, seeing running back Todd Gurley make comments about his rookie contract should give you hope in a players “better angels.”

That said, if you’re a card carrying member of the NFLPA, probably not so much.

But let’s put aside the union for now, as they will eventually weigh in behind the scenes.

First, let me say the difference between Gurley 2016 and Gurley 2018 is remarkable. If you remember him post the Fisher contract extension and the Fisher firing, the personal and professional growth especially is something to admire.

That said, his comments regarding Aaron Donald might be something he comes to regret. If not publicly, certainly privately.

As if anyone needs a refresher, Donald, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is still working on a rookie contract a little over a week out of the 2018 NFL Draft. The date is not auspicious, but it’s a marker of, if for no other reason, that he is still without a new deal after holding out of training camp in 2017.

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He’s also a guy who has watched the Rams sign Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Ndamukong Suh, and receiver Brandin Cooks in free agency.

It’s hard to imagine Gurley or his people having not taken notice of the aggressive nature of LA this offseason with everyone BUT Aaron Donald.

Hey look, the Rams WILL sign Donald at some point down the road.

I’m also on the record numerous times saying that LA has time, all of this coming season as a matter of fact, to get that done.

That said, Gurley should take note of how it’s gone so far with an All-World kind of player like Donald, while simultaneously knowing the league views running backs significantly different.

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Fans in LA like this running back, and Gurley clearly digs the increased profile he enjoys in Los Angeles, and well he should.

He should also take note of how quick that tide could turn, especially if 2018 isn’t a carbon copy of 2017.

Just sayin’.