Rams DC Wade Phillips not concerned about Aaron Donald’s absence
Through the first few months of the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams have had a lack of true progress toward working out a new extension with star defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who is in the fifth-year option of his rookie deal.
The Rams have yet to voice any level of concern with the situation that has yet to have any resolution in sight in the near future. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has voiced that he isn’t worried about where both sides stand.
“Knowing our people, we’ll get it done,” Phillips told reporters per the team’s official website. “I think they’ll get it done and hopefully training camp — early in training camp — we’ll get things done and get going.”
Los Angeles has continued to voice optimism about the contract discussion over the last several weeks, but there has yet to be any significant moment toward getting an extension hammered out. The fact that there hasn’t been any concerned voiced could mean that it may just be a matter of time before Donald will have a new lucrative extension that could more than likely make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.
The 27-year-old has certainly more than surpassed the level of expectations laid before him through his first four years in the league that has seen him earn four Pro Bowl selections, three First-Team All-Pro nods, and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. He is a game-changing talent that has become the anchor of the Rams defense that the team hopes to continue to build around over the next several seasons.
With there being around a month off until the start of training camp in mid-July, it could provide the necessary time to work out a new extension in order to get Donald back in the fold well ahead of the 2018 campaign.