What if…? LA Rams Aaron Donald does indeed make good on threats to retire?

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’- words spoken by former President Franklyn Delanor Roosevelt. Words that have been cited as the world plunged into quarantine and fear at the advent of the coronavirus pandemic. But perhaps those words have also bear some meaning amidst the LA Rams’ current predicament of trying to renegotiate the contract with Aaron Donald.

What would the LA Rams be like without All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald? That’s the reality of what LA Rams fans are facing right now. After the will he or won’t he retire drama from Aaron Donald since Super Bowl LVI, LA Rams fans have been unknowingly inching closer and closer to the cliff.

That cliff is a life of cheering for the LA Rams should the team’s best defensive player opt to pursue NFL retirement this year. After all, the LA Rams All-Pro star defensive lineman Aaron Donald has been consistently dropping the hint that he is good to go if retirement becomes a necessary viable option for him this season. Is he legit? Or is he simply doing what he has done twice before, holding out to avoid the offseason doldrums?

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That’s the big $200 million dollar question after all, isn’t it?

Perhaps the bark of the entire Aaron Donald drama is a bit worse than the bite. After all, the “I’m gonna…!” routine only brings whatever pain or concerns that we allow it to bring.

The latest? All-Pro WR Cooper Kupp is not certain that his teammate, All-Pro Aaron Donald will be back.  Is that a concern for you? It’s simply what one teammate needs to say about contractual disputes that are impacting another player.

But there is another side to all of this. As the impasse remains, and sides dig in, reality has to set in at some point. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. As the defending NFL Champions, the LA Rams are obligated to do the work for all possibilities.

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So as we face the positives and the negatives of the Aaron Donald narrative that never seems to die, let’s dare to face our greatest fears and walk the path that seems to be the boogeyman. That is, what happens to these LA Rams if they do not work things out with Aaron Donald?