The Rams have been clear in that they see a window to win a championship, and they’ve identified the necessary components to provide them such an opportunity sooner than later.
So, where does Donald fit in?
Well, in a league where offense is the rule of the land, and quarterbacks are king, AD is on the outside looking in. The Rams see that, and as such aren’t willing to necessarily set a new benchmark financially for a defensive lineman.
I actually get that logic to a certain degree.
That said, the Los Angeles Rams seem content to let this go to the place where few organizations see a positive end result in the long run.
Goodwill simply need not apply.
In a lot of ways, Los Angeles stacked the deck in that they have all but assured they will be fine on defense, even if Donald makes the decision to sit out a season to make his point.
The Rams look to have already made one too.
If this gets two or three games into the regular season and LA is 2-0 or 3-0, AD loses what little leverage he has, making a holdout a catastrophe only to him and his pocketbook.
The Rams know this and are perfectly fine with such a situation for a player they say all the right things about, yet do the opposite.
Whatever happens and however this eventually plays out, LA has shown a side to how they do business a lot of players won’t soon forget.
Especially one named Aaron Donald.