Aaron Donald would be “at peace” if his career ended by contract

Aaron Donald is absent from voluntary organized team activities, but the Rams’ seven-time All-Pro defensive lineman is expected to participate in a mandatory minicamp next week, manager Sean McVay said Wednesday.

“That’s the plan right now,” McVay said after training.

the rams and Donald’s agents are trying to work out a new contract. Donald, 31, still has three years for the $ 135 million extension he signed in 2018, but the Rams acknowledge that he has passed the deal.

After the Rams won the Super Bowl, taking the victory over the Cincinnati Bengals with a Donald quarterback pressure – McVay and general manager Les Snead have said new contracts for the quarterback Matthew Stafford and Donald were top priorities.

In March, Stafford accepted the terms on a four-year deal which includes $ 120 million in guarantees and could be worth up to $ 160 million, according to overthecap.com.

Donald remained in his hometown of Pittsburgh for most of the off-season schedule. During an appearance on the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast, Donald said he would be “at peace” if he wasn’t able to come to terms with the Rams and didn’t play next season.

He also said he was attending McVay’s wedding this weekend.

The Rams and Donald had “great dialogue,” McVay said.

“Things are going in the right direction,” he said, adding, “The goal is to figure out how to carry out a contract that feels good about, that makes us feel good, and that keeps doing its thing for the Rams to do. Street.”

Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd said he is not worried about Donald’s state for next season.

“I believe in our organization and I know they will do the job,” said Floyd. “We need AD”

Observations from Wednesday’s training:

Floyd returning from ankle surgery: Floyd said he underwent surgery on his right ankle after the Super Bowl to repair an injury he sustained while retiring last summer.

Floyd had 9 ½ sack in the regular season and two in the playoffs, including one in the Super Bowl win over the Bengals.

“There were days after training where I wouldn’t be able to actually walk around the house,” he said. “But you have to sacrifice yourself if you want to win. We probably wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl if we hadn’t played. So, it was part of the sacrifice and I’m glad I did. “

Troy Hill on the pitch: cornerback Troy Hill, bought back in a day trade project with the Cleveland Browns, he wore no. 2 as he performed the exercises.

McVay said Hill’s ability to play outside and Jalen Ramsey’s “star” position make him invaluable.

Last week, Hill was absent for organized team activity drills open to reporters.

Bruss making giant steps: Offensive linesman Logan Bruss, the Rams’ first pick in the draft, took shots with the starters on guard.

McVay pointed out that the workouts were designed to teach new players the basics of offense, defense, and special teams of the Rams.

Newcomer set aside: Running back Kyren Williams, a Notre Dame fifth round pick, has left training due to an apparent lower leg injury.