After hearing recent comments by Sean McVay, the head coach needs to push for the Los Angeles Rams to get a new deal with Aaron Donald done sooner rather than later.
Thanks to an offseason filled with numerous key additions on both sides of the football ranging from signing Ndamukong Suh to acquiring Brandin Cooks in a trade, expectations are higher than ever for the Los Angeles Rams heading into the 2018 season.
However, even the best of teams still have concerns to deal with, and when it comes to the Rams, the one issue the team may have to deal with if not taken care of soon is the contract situation surrounding Aaron Donald.
As Los Angeles fans know, the defensive superstar was quite unhappy last summer heading into training camp since Donald believed he was worthy of a better deal, and rightfully so when looking at the impact made during his first three seasons in the league.
Unfortunately for Donald, the Rams never gave in, and the former Pittsburgh star would eventually show up before the start of the regular season, although the team would end up keeping him out Week 1 just to play it safe.
Once again, Donald finds himself in another offseason without a new deal, and even though Les Snead has given numerous indications about seeming to have some sort of plan to work out something sooner rather than later, Los Angeles fans are getting anxious about the situation. Even after recent comments by Sean McVay in which he claimed the communication with Donald is much better this offseason, it still doesn’t take away from the uncertainty surrounding the situation.
McVay can say whatever he wants about wanting to get a deal done with McVay, but at the end of the day, the Los Angeles head coach may need to take matters into his own hands with the organization by providing an extra push for a deal to happen.
Nobody should have to convince the Rams that Donald deserves to be one of the league’s highest paid defensive players, and the longer they hold off on rewarding him with a new contract he clearly deserves, the more at risk the team is going to be of seeing a repeat from last year.
When looking at the high expectations surrounding this team to make a serious run at the Super Bowl, Los Angeles simply can’t afford another situation like last year in which Donald holds out, and risks the defense suffering a major blow for the 2018 season. After seeing how quickly he was able to establish himself as a difference maker for the Rams during his rookie season as head coach, it’s time for McVay to take things to a whole new level by pressuring the organization to work with Donald’s contract situation sooner rather than later.
Otherwise, the Rams and their fans may be dealing with an uncomfortable situation similar to last year in which Donald ends up being unhappy, and ends up holding out as a way to express his frustration. So if McVay can convince Los Angeles to avoid this situation for a second year in a row, why not push for a new contract with Donald?