All-Pro defensive lineman, Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams, has been the subject of persistent retirement rumours. The rumour that the seven-time Pro Bowler had struck a deal with rapper Kanye West’s Donda Sports only ratcheted up the conversation on Monday.
Donald has refused to participate in any offseason voluntarily planned team activities (OTAs) with the team. He has no fear of calling it quits before the season even begins. His choice to retire after eight seasons—2021 was his eighth season—was not influenced by his team winning the Super Bowl, he stated in an interview on the podcast.
The Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals to win Super Bowl LVI in February. Since being drafted 13th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, Donald has spent his entire professional career with the Los Angeles Rams. In 2021, he racked up a career-high 84 tackles, 25 quarterback hits, 12.5 sacks, four passes defended, and four forced fumbles, all of which were career highs for him.
With 150 tackles for loss, he ranks fourth among all active players. He has only missed two games (both in 2017).
New Deal With the Los Angeles Rams
“A new contract for Donald, who is currently under contract through the 2024 season but has no guaranteed money remaining, has been confirmed by the Rams. McVay said he was relieved that Donald had decided to return for the 2023 season during the annual league meeting in March.
On the other hand, Donald stated on the I Am Athlete Podcast that this is predicated on signing a new contract “based on ESPN’s account. “Former NFL players Brandon Marshall, Adam “Pacman” Jones, and LeSean McCoy host a podcast where Donald says, ‘It ain’t about the money, it’s a business at the end of the day’ ‘ What you need to see is this.
It’s all about winning for me. It only makes sense to play football again if I have a realistic chance of winning another Super Bowl. As a result, it’s still a corporation. If we don’t deal with the commercial side of things, well, it’s just a matter of time until things go out of hand. It doesn’t matter what happens.”
Amidst Contract Talks, Aaron Donald Says He Is at Peace With the Possibility of Retiring.
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While Donald still has three years left on his six-year, $135 million contract, he’s surpassed what he’s received since signing it in 2018. With his first Super Bowl title and another All-Pro season under his belt, Donald is universally regarded as one of the top players in the NFL.
A few days before the big game, Rodney Harrison spoke with Donald Donald, who revealed that he was contemplating retirement following the huge win. Donald later said that he mistook their talk for a private one and decided to return for the Los Angeles leg of the tour. On I AM ATHLETE, he revealed that he has always said he would retire from the NFL for the past eight years.
If the Los Angeles Rams Do Not Reach a Deal With Aaron Donald, He Is at Peace With His Future
It’s been reported that the Los Angeles Rams’ star defensive lineman Aaron Donald is ready to call it quits if the two parties involved in his contract negotiations cannot come to terms on new terms. While Donald is under contract with the Rams through the 2024 season, there is no money left on his deal that is guaranteed.
The Rams have stated that they are working on a new contract with Donald. McVay said he was relieved that Donald had decided to return for the 2023 season during the annual league meeting in March. However, Donald stated on the “I Am Athlete” podcast that his return is dependent on a new contract being signed.
Former NFL players Brandon Marshall, Adam “Pacman” Jones, and LeSean McCoy host a podcast with Donald, 31, who says it’s not about the money. Then it would help if you saw it. It’s all about winning for me. I don’t want to play football if I can’t win, so I believe that I should play if I have a realistic chance of winning another Super Bowl.
As a result, it’s still a corporation. If we don’t deal with the commercial side of things, well, it’s just a matter of time until things go out of hand. “No matter what, I’ll be fine.”On the podcast, Donald claimed that he had always considered retiring after eight seasons in the NFL. He insisted that the Super Bowl’s outcome had no bearing on his choice.
“However, I was already talking about retiring before winning the Super Bowl.” I’ve been saying since I joined the league that I’d play eight years and be done. That’s precisely what I’ve been trying to get across all along. I’m not retiring if I win a Super Bowl. My teammates, coaches, and family all know about this.
I’m not retiring if I win a Super Bowl. He stated that he planned to play football for eight years and would likely retire after that time. On the other hand, winning the Super Bowl may become a bit of a drug. I want to relive that experience. Honestly, it’s like nothing else I’ve ever been through.
For me, the goal of returning to the NFL would be nothing more than to win another Super Bowl, but in the end, this is a business, and it has to make sense for my family as well.” Defensive Player of the Year Donald says he doesn’t “need to play football to be fine” in a podcast interview.
The eight years I spent playing this game, making money, and achieving my goals have made me feel like I’ve accomplished everything I set out to do. Hopefully, I’ll be able to win a third time. But even if it doesn’t, I’m content,” he said. If he and the Rams cannot agree, Donald claimed he would not leave “angry.”