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

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Let’s take it all with a grain of salt

First and foremost, the intention here is not to ‘stir the pot.’  As the story develops, there will be signs of a quick resolution, and signs of a prolonged resolution. The best solution is to ignore the day-to-day reports that oscillate from terrifying fans one moment and then calm those fears by resetting expectations with suggestions that a quick resolution is right around the corner.

The LA Rams know how this story goes. Aaron Donald has ‘held out’ twice before in his career. And on both occasions, the scenario seemed to be rather dire. But ultimately, eventually, the team found a way to fit the finances in and under the NFL salary cap.

Second verse, same as the first

That is the most likely outcome of this chapter as well. Donald is sitting out, the Rams are practicing, and the roster depth at the defensive line is getting quality work in as younger players take on more of the work in training camp.  All the while, LA Rams head coach Sean McVay is in touch with his star defensive lineman, and has reassured everyone that there are no new developments, as reported by The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue:

If the Rams head coach Sean McVay is still very level-headed about the matter, we should be too.