The Rams are optimistic that defensive tackle Aaron Donald will return this week. Maybe they shouldn’t be.
Per a league source, the Rams and Donald are negotiating but are “not close” on a deal.
While the Rams have been mum about the reasons for Donald’s absence, the reality is that Donald has decided to take a stand against the current rookie compensation system. And good for him for doing it.
During the last labor negotiations, the NFL insisted on an overhaul to the rookie compensation in order to ensure that draft busts don’t bogart millions from the available pot of player money. The problem, however, is that players who are the opposite of busts have to wait too long to get the financial reward that they no longer get when they are drafted.