Sport Aaron Donald once again absent at voluntary offseason workout

04:15  17 april  2018
04:15  17 april  2018 Source:   Sporting News

Rams GM: Aaron Donald ‘on the verge’ of becoming top-paid defensive player

  Rams GM: Aaron Donald ‘on the verge’ of becoming top-paid defensive player Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is heading into his final year of his rookie contract, but could soon get a big payday.In an appearance on The MMQB Podcast with Peter King, Rams general manager Les Snead referred to Donald as "someone who is on the verge of becoming the highest-paid defensive player in football.

The CBA says the offseason workouts are voluntary , but virtually all teams want to have their players working out at team headquarters. And with news that Ndamukong Suh once again decided to skip these voluntary workouts in Detroit, and that Kyle Orton went for a literal Donald Penn.

Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson missed Tuesday’s voluntary workout and apparently didn’t give the team a reason. Donald ’s offseason status also remains in doubt. Email check failed, please try again .

As expected, Aaron Donald did not show up for Monday's voluntary offseason workouts with the Rams, and the Los Angeles Times reports he's unlikely to report for the nine-week program as he continues to seek a new contract.

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year also skipped all of last year's voluntary workouts, was a no-show for mandatory minicamp drills, and then held out from training camp.

a close up of Aaron Donald: Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald © (Getty Images) Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald

The defensive lineman is in the fifth and final year of his rooke contract, which will pay him $6.9 million. That's obviously far below Donald's current market value, and he's thought to be eyeing a deal north of $20 million per year. While the Rams have expressed an interest in signing him long term, there is still no deal.

Aaron Donald won't attend start of Rams' voluntary workouts, reports say

  Aaron Donald won't attend start of Rams' voluntary workouts, reports say The defensive tackle has yet to reach a long-term contract extension with the team and will sit out the offseason program as a result.According to NFL Media, the Rams defensive tackle intends to skip the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program amid growing frustrations involving his contract.

Last offseason , with Donald ’s megadeal looming, they let homegrown cornerback Janoris Jenkins But Donald is the only one still conspicuously absent from camp. Beckham, who was drafted one spot ahead of Donald , showed up to Giants camp Thursday after skipping voluntary workouts in June.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald ‘s desire for a new contract was a major storyline of the team’s offseason last year as Donald stayed away from the team for offseason work and training camp before returning in time for the regular season .

Rams general manager Les Snead told the Times the team and Donald have a "timeline" for working out an extension.

"The goal is still the same. Make Aaron Donald a Ram for a long, long time," Snead said.

Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters he knows Donald is doing his part to stay in shape on his own.

"With respect to Aaron, we feel really good about where we're at with that dialogue," McVay said. "This is a voluntary offseason program. You know he's a guy that's going to work hard on his off time, and that's kind of where we're at. We feel good about everything that's going on with that."

Todd Gurley willing to wait his turn for a contract extension .
The Rams have plenty of star players that need to get paid but running back Todd Gurley is willing to wait his turn.And he’s willing to wait there until the star at the very front gets his done.

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