The Los Angeles Rams have made some impressive moves in regards to upgrading their roster recently. They traded for the speedy wide receiver, Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second rounder in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The acquisition of Watkins is an attempt to bolster the Rams dismal offense that was at the bottom of every offensive statistical category in the league last season. However, there’s one important piece to the Rams roster that the front office must solidify before the season starts.
The important part that I am talking about is defensive tackle Aaron Donald. According to recent reports, Donald has not been seen in training camp since it opened for veterans on July 28. He has not been in training camp because he wants to be paid like one of the best defensive players in the league. Rightfully so, Aaron Donald deserves to be paid every penny that he is worth. He is by far the best player at his position right now.
For his position, he can do things that we have not seen from other players that have played at defensive tackle in a very long time. The Rams are still a young football team in the making and will not be contending for the NFC West anytime soon unless quarterback Jarrett Goff hits lighting in a bottle this season.
Until that happens, the Rams will continue to be one of the bottom feeders of the NFC West. However, things could take a turn for the worse if they do not sign Aaron Donald to a new contract.
And from the looks of it, Donald’s holdout could go into the 2017 regular season. Here is what ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter had to say on the Mike&Mike Show yesterday morning.
“Why would Aaron Donald go in, right now, to go play for $1.8 – $2M? Why would he do that? Ever? The Rams made, what I understand to be, a very strong offer right before camp; but I don’t think they’re going to budge as long as he’s out of camp. And he’s out of camp. And they’re not going to budge, so we’ve got a standoff…a standstill…whatever you want to call it, that I think threatens to go on for a while here. We may not see Aaron Donald for a while.”
60…65…70 million dollars is more like getting paid quarterback money or cash reserved for guys that are good at taking down the quarterback. Without Aaron Donald in the lineup, the Rams defense will be a shell of their former selves. Along with the uncertainty of how Jarrett Goff will perform this season, the Rams could be in for another disastrous campaign in the “City of Angels.”