2. Rams locked up other key players before Donald
Nobody needs to explain to Rams fans how frustrating the offseason was at times when the team seemed to be handing out new contracts to just about every other player possible, minus Donald. Whether it was rewarding Brandin Cooks with a hefty extension despite the fact that he had yet to play a single down during a game with his new team or taking care of Todd Gurley earlier than originally expected, it was crazy to see everyone but Donald basically get paid this offseason.
Then again, as frustrating as this was to see take place at the time, Los Angeles also deserved a ton of credit for making sure they would be built as a top contender in the NFC for years to come by making sure their best players were going to continue being around. Too many times in the NFL, teams hesitate to reward star players with contracts they clearly deserve, but this offseason shows the Rams aren’t messing around with the intention of starting each new season as an early favorite to make a Super Bowl run.
While that’s always easier said than done, at least Los Angeles seems ready for the challenge after last year’s surprise success. With players like Donald and Gurley around for the next five to six years, the Rams are setting themselves up to be in the best shape possible on both sides of the football.