Rams DE Aaron Donald has finally gotten his new contract. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Donald's 6-year extension includes $135 million in total money and $87 million in guarantees. Donald spent training camp and the preseason holding out each of the past 2 summers. In 2017, he missed the regular-season opener but made the other 14 before a healthy scratch in Week 17. We'll see about his readiness this time around, with 9 days until the season begins.
Pro Football Talk reports that Rams DE Aaron Donald has returned to the team and passed his physical. He will not play Sunday, according to Adam Schefter, but Donald should be ready for IDP lineups in Week 2
The Rams have ruled DE Aaron Donald out for Week 1. It's no surprise, given that he has yet to report. But it officially pushes his holdout into the regular season. Missing Donald obviously hurts the Rams' D. But matching up with the Andrew Luck-less Colts keeps them a strong Week 1 fantasy option
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that a league source told him Rams DE Aaron Donald's contract holdout could last into the regular season. Donald is in the final year of his rookie contract but seeking new money after making the Pro Bowl in each of his 1st 3 campaigns. We'll see where this goes. The closer we get to the regular season without Donald getting back on the field, the further we have to drop him on IDP draft boards, though. Donald's absence from real games would chip away significantly at the upside of the Rams' team D as well.
The Rams opened their 1st full week of training camp Monday without DE Aaron Donald. The 4th-year player is holding out in search of a new contract. DT Michael Brockers told the Los Angeles Daily News that teammates are behind him and that Donald promised that he's continuing to workout and will be in shape whenever he reports. IDP owners are already waiting to see how a slight position change might affect Donald's production/value. The potential for a prolonged holdout is more concerning, though. If Donald gets contract resolution soon, he'll return to play under longtime (but new to the Rams) DC Wade Phillips in a scheme that promises continued 1-on-1 matchups. The only ding to Donald's fantasy football value will likely be in leagues that split DEs and DTs. Of course, missing its best player will also be a knock against a Rams D that should present some fantasy upside in 2017.