If you're a Los Angeles Rams fan who's waiting to see how well defensive-end Aaron Donald performs with the new three-four scheme under the guidance of NFL defensive guru Wade Phillips, and you don't have lungs the size of King Kong's, you may want to refrain from holding your breath while you wait.
According to at least one established NFL insider, Donald's rejection of a Rams contract-offer (which was offered just before the start of training-camp) could very well result in Donald missing not only the Rams home season-opener (versus the Indianapolis Colts), but also up to additional eight games.
Adam Schefter (established NFL insider I referred of earlier), told hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic of the soon-to-be-replaced, ESPN’s "Mike & Mike Show," "Now they're in No-Where Land, and Aaron Donald is going to miss the start of the regular season. He's going to miss multiple games into the season. And I think there's every chance that he misses about a half a season."
We're talking about the possibility of our best player missing up to HALF the season, folks.
Please note that I didn't say, "our best defensive player." I said, "our best player."
Cap that off in your mind with an explanation-point.
But before any of you Rams fans start to dig out the torches and pitchforks with tombstones bearing the name, "DONALD," on them in your eyes, you might want to try seeing this from Donald's point of view.
Aaron Donald's greatest highlights of second NFL season
Donald is moving to DE in the Rams new 3-4 defense and if he were to go into the season making what he's scheduled to make he'd be the 31st best paid DE in the league.
Granted, he'll now be a defensive-end instead of a defensive-tackle and is unproven at that new position, but you gotta believe that there aren't 30 DE's in the league who are better than Donald will be at that position.
It isn't like the Rams don't need him.
They'll start off the season against the Indianapolis Colts who may be without the services of QB Andrew Luck (due to his recovery from shoulder surgery), followed by games versus the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals and the New York Giants.
I ask you, what do you think the Rams chances are of going 4-4 or 5-3 or better of those first eight games of the season without Aaron Donald on the field?
I'd put it at less than 50%, but remain optimistic they’ll do better.
Aaron Donald has EARNED a renegotiated contract that will (at the very least), make him one of the top-ten highest-paid DE's in the league.
Stan Kroenke, PAY THE MAN!