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Rams' Aaron Donald may sit out minicamp

The All-Pro defensive lineman is reportedly considering skipping out on minicamp next month.

Through the first portion of the Los Angeles Rams' OTAs this offseason, star defensive lineman Aaron Donald has been notably absent. 

It appears it could bleed into next month's minicamps as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting that Donald is considering sitting it out altogether. 

Franchise tagged Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell and Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald are not shoo-ins to attend camp this week, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The Steelers and the Rams both start minicamp Tuesday.

Since the 26-year-old initially made the decision to not attend OTAs, the Rams have been well aware of the situation and are working toward hammering out a new long-term deal for their defensive anchor. 

“I can tell you this, we’re definitely at the serious stages of renegotiating," general manager Les Snead said, according to TheRams.com back in late May. “But [we] respect Aaron as a player, a person, respect his representation, and respect the process.”

Los Angeles had announced in April that they were picking up the fifth-year option on Donald's rookie contract for the 2018 season. This alone gave off the feeling that the two sides were hedging in the direction of a new contract being place at some point this offseason. 

Donald holds the leverage in contract extension talks as he could push his way to a deal that rivals J.J. Watt's five-year, $100 million extension that he received from the Houston Texans in September 2014. On top of that, the highest paid salary for players at Donald's position are Miami Dolphins' Ndamukong Suh at $19.1 million, and both New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson and Philadelphia Eagles' Fletcher Cox who are sitting at more than $17 million. 

Since entering the league back in 2014, Donald has developed into one of the top defensive players in the NFL. In his first three campaigns, he leads all defensive tackles in sacks (28.0), and tackles for loss (57.0). He did experience a drop in his sack total to eight last season but did record 36 tackles, 31 hits on the quarterback, two forced fumbles, and a league-leading 17 tackles-for-loss.

Bob Garcia IV is a staff writer of LARamsReport.com. You can follow him at @bgarcia90 and us on Twitter at @LA_RamsReport.


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