Aaron Donald needs a brand new contract.
The Los Angeles Rams defensive deal with has spent the majority of his profession as arguably the most effective participant in soccer. His present deal would not pay him as such. Armed with a Super Bowl ring and all the non-public accolades an NFL defender can accomplish, Donald is saying that he is superb with retiring at 31 years previous if he and the Rams do not come to phrases.
He started the chatter before the Super Bowl and doubled down on Monday on the “I am Athlete” podcast alongside retired NFL gamers Brandon Marshall and Pacman Jones. Per a ProFootball Talk transcript, Donald repeated 4 occasions throughout his look that he is “at peace” together with his NFL profession. But it seems like he is sport to maintain enjoying so long as the cash’s proper.
“It ain’t about the money,” Donald mentioned per PFT earlier than mentioning “business” repeatedly. “But it’s a business at the end of the day. That’s what you’ve got to see.
“For me, it’s about profitable. I don’t need to play soccer if I can’t win anyway, so I really feel like if I acquired an actual alternative to win one other Super Bowl, then it is sensible to play. But once more, it’s nonetheless a enterprise. We’ve acquired to deal with the enterprise facet of issues, and if that wasn’t to get dealt with then, you understand, it’s what it’s sort of state of affairs. I’ll be superb regardless.”
So it appears to be about winning for Donald. And business. Which all makes sense.
Where Donald’s contract status stands
Donald has three years remaining on the six-year, $135 million deal that he signed in 2018 and has since outperformed as the market’s moved in his favor. He also has significant leverage in that he could certainly afford to retire with no qualms.
While it may be a negotiating tactic, the fact that he could call it quits with a Super Bowl ring, seven All-Pro nods, three Defensive Player of the Year trophies and a first-ballot ticket to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his pocket is compelling. His $97 million in career football earnings certainly helps his case.
But he’d actually wish to earn extra, which on this case possible means exceeding the $28 million T.J. Watt’s slated to make because the highest-paid defender in soccer yearly. Competing for an additional Super Bowl would sweeten the deal.
But if it would not occur, Donald shall be superb. Just ask him.
“I don’t need to play football to be fine,” Donald continued. “I’m fine. I was blessed to play this game, to make the money I made. The accomplishments I made in eight years is like — I’m complete. If I can win another one, that’s great. But if not, I’m at peace.”