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Aaron Donald’s retirement never made sense to either side


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Aaron Donald and the retirement rumors have been circulating the internet for the past week.

However, the Los Angeles Rams put those rumors to rest yesterday.

The team and the superstar defensive lineman have agreed to a contract restructuring that makes him pay.

With the contract reworked, Donald gets a $40 million pay raise over the next two years.

This now makes him the highest paid defensive player and puts his contract on par with players like Kirk Cousins.

With the ink of the reworked deal drying, one wonders why Donald would retire when he was still in his prime.

The answer comes from the person who knows Donald best.

An interview with Donald sparked rumors about his potential retirement

The 2021-22 NFL season was Donald’s eighth year in the league.

With him appearing in his second Super Bowl and winning his first, his career story seemed over.

It was also a perfect time for him as he has now completed everything he ever wanted to do as an NFL player.

In an interview, he talked about being at peace, which people took as his way of saying he would retire.

This comment has fueled NFL fans with rumors that Donald may be done with his NFL career.

However, he is here to stay, much to the dismay of NFC West opponents.

So those rumors are now dead with the new salary he is getting from the Rams.

But there’s something else keeping him in Los Angeles besides that money.

Donald has Super Bowl fever and the Rams can bring him back

Another thing he mentioned in his interview was how he now has Super Bowl fever.

He wants to get back there this season, and the Rams are the best team to get him there.

They have weapons both on offense and defense to continue repeating themselves as Super Bowl contenders.

However, that window could close when the salary cap catches up with the team.

But if players would rather win Super Bowls than mega contracts, they could go on to dominate the NFL for years to come.

With that in mind, the feared defensive lineman stayed with the Rams and did not retire.

There was no doubt in anyone’s mind in Los Angeles that their best defensive player would return.

However, this interview gave people the opportunity to spin his words and make a huge deal out of it.

His return means quarterbacks aren’t safe this season

NFC West teams were praying for the retirement of one of today’s top defensive linemen.

However, he would disappoint them by accepting a reworked deal from Los Angeles.

Now quarterbacks like Drew Lock, Trey Lance, Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyler Murray will be chased by the sack machine.

Teams facing the Rams this season aren’t safe either, as they have to plan a game for Donald.

While he’s paid, teams are already planning to face him when they face him.

However, they wish they wouldn’t have to face him in 2022.




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