Rams' Aaron Donald lays down his conditions for a return
The Rams' defensive tackle Aaron Donald has given two conditions for his return to the newly crowned Super Bowl Champions. Can you guess what they are?
With the confetti now settled and the celebrations over, new champions the Los Angeles Rams now have to focus on whether or not they can keep their Super Bowl winning team together.
Rams Aaron Donald sets conditions for return
Having previously stated that he would retire if the Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl, it would appear that victory in the big game has given defensive tackle Aaron Donald a change of heart. Asked if he'd keep his word during the Rams' post Super Bowl LVI parade, Donald said he would "run it back" for the opportunity to win another championship. Yet the three time NFL defensive player of the year didn't stop there, in fact Donald went on to directly state his two conditions for a return to his newly crowned Super Bowl champions and in case you're wondering, they're both players.
"I'm gonna enjoy the moment. We bring everybody back, I'm back," Donald said. "Odell Beckham, Von Miller, we bring them guys back, let's make it happen."
A look at Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller
If the Rams are to meet their DT's demands the first order of business will be to address the fact that both Beckham and Miller will become free agents this off season. Having been acquired by the Rams in midseason, the pair have reignited their respective careers and of course played key roles in helping Los Angeles all the way to a Super Bowl triumph. Beckham signed after he was released by the Cleveland Browns following a heavily publicized break up with the Cleveland Browns. OBJ would go on to register 27 catches for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular season games. The wide receiver then followed that up with 21 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns in four postseason games and finally there were his two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl itself before he left the field with a knee injury.
Miller on the other hand was acquired from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2022 second-round and third-round draft pick. Needless to say it didn't take long for the former Super Bowl MVP to show his quality. The pass rusher recorded 31 tackles, five sacks, eight quarterback hits, and 12 tackles for loss in eight games with the Rams. Incidentally, Miller's total of 18 tackles for loss - including the playoffs - was tied for fist with Donald himself.
Could the Rams bring OBJ and Von Miller back?
As mentioned before Beckham was forced off the field during Super Bowl LVI. According to reports, Beckham's ACL injury is serious enough that as strange as it sounds, it may actually benefit the Rams if their intention is to retain him, as they could justifiably offer a "prove-it" deal when he is finally cleared to play. Miller's situation is somewhat different based on his time with the Rams and of course his age, however, with Donald's comments being as direct as they are and the the fact that the two were undoubtedly a potent combination, one has to imagine that Miller will definitely be considering a stay. Only time will tell!