Will Aaron Donald retire?
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay says he is relieved that defensive tackle Aaron Donald will return to play for the team in the 2022 NFL season.
Aaron Donald is not yet ready to retire.
According to Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, the defensive end has communicated his desire to play again for the team in the 2022 NFL season.
The coach joked that he may have given shifting to a broadcasting career more thought had Donald decided to hang up his cleats. (There had been rumors that McVay would trade his coaching job for one on TV before finally announcing he would continue with the team.)
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McVay relieved to have Donald
McVay said it’s “a major relief” to know that they will once again have the services of the All-Pro defensive lineman. After finding out that Donald wished to re-join the Rams, the coach is now angling to extend Donald’s contract. He says he feels good about the veteran’s return, and is looking forward to having his leadership on the field.
“That is a piece that we do want to be able to get figured out for him. And I think he’s deserving of it. And so, we’re in the process of working through that right now,” said McVay.
Rams want to retain champion team
There were speculations that the 30-year-old would retire following the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI victory. The eight-time Pro Bowler had signed a six-year, $135 million extension deal right before the 2018 season began.
After winning the Lombardi trophy, the Rams are doing their best to maintain as much of their winning roster as they can.
Donald is the sixth-highest-paid defensive player in the league, and has been considered one of the best players on defense in the NFL for the past few years. He had been chosen as a first-team All-Pro in the last seven years of his career.