Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Rams All-Pro Donald skips opening OTAs during contract talks

Rams All-Pro Donald skips opening OTAs during contract talks

Donald's representatives at CAA were not immediately available for comment.

Donald, a three-time Pro Bowl selection in his first three seasons, is due to earn $3.2 million this season as part of the rookie contract he signed after the Rams made him the 13th pick in the 2014 draft.

"We were aware he wasn't going to be here", Snead said, adding, "It had something to do with the contract".

It's hardly surprising that the Rams would want to keep Donald in Los Angeles for the long term. "Only" eight sacks is good enough for most interior pass-rushers, but a player like Donald would need to be pushing 20 to fairly reflect the consistent impact he has on games. That's our goal. We think he wants to be a Ram.

Jefferson had 35 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks during his four years at Mississippi State.

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Donald seems likely to become the next National Football League defensive star to get a contract with a value around $100 million, joining Houston's J.J. Watt and Denver's Von Miller.

"Those discussions are kind of internal right now, but we expected him not to be here", McVay said.

Snead also confirmed the Rams will finish out their offseason program before deciding how aggressively they will pursue a long-term extension with cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who is scheduled to play under the franchise tag this year for the second consecutive season. In 2014, Houston's J.J. Watt signed a six-year, $100 million contract, and last year, Denver's Von Miller signed a six-year, $114.5 million contract. After Miller are a couple of defensive tackles: Ndamukong Suh of the Dolphins (six-year, $114.375 million with almost $60 million guaranteed) and Fletcher Cox of the Eagles (six-year, $102.6 million contract with almost $63.3 million guaranteed).

"You always look at comparisons", Snead said, smirking a bit.

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