Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Aaron Donald Reports to Rams

Aaron Donald Reports to Rams

Donald is still out Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts, and PFT says that he may miss Week 2 as well.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Donald and the Rams have yet to agree to a new contract and will continue negotiations.

There's no reason that Donald shouldn't be paid well, and the Rams hope to resolve that issue rather quickly with the Rams. The franchise is expected to receive a roster exemption from the National Football League that will allow them to pay Donald without cutting a player from their 53-man roster before Monday. Currently, he's scheduled to make just $1.802 million, a bargain for the Rams but a pittance for a player of Donald's caliber.

Donald has not received a new contract, but the two sides will keep working toward one, the source told Schefter.

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The defensive tackle had been at risk of losing his first of 17 game checks, which would have amounted to $106,014.00 each week. Give Donald a few practice sessions and it won't be long until he's getting after quarterbacks and blowing up plays in the backfield as one of the best defenders in the NFL. The Rams have converted to a new defensive scheme under Wade Phillips.

The Rams host Washington next weekend, and McVay has said Donald will play whenever he is able to contribute, even if it isn't on every snap.

Tanzel Smart, a rookie sixth-round pick, is expected to take Donald's spot as the starting 3-technique lineman, lining up between the left guard and left tackle in base 3-4 sets.

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