INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 13: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals is sacked by Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Rams Fans Stunned As Star Player Could Retire

Los Angeles Rams fans have had plenty to celebrate after their Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals back in February.

However, things could turn a little sour for the Rams if they cannot get a deal done with their perennial Pro Bowl selection, and arguably the most dominant player in football, Aaron Donald.

Speaking on the “I Am Athlete” podcast hosted by a trio of former NFL Stars in Brandon Marshall, Adam “Pacman” Jones and LeSean McCoy, Donald claimed that he would be “at peace” with his career if he and the Rams cannot agree terms on a fresh deal.

Donald is signed with the Rams through until the 2024 season, but there is no guaranteed money left on his deal and that is a major problem for Donald and the Rams.

Initially, it appeared that Donald had agreed to extend his career by at least another season in the celebrations following their Super Bowl victory, and in March, Rams head coach Sean McVay admitted he was happy that Donald had decided to play on in the 2023 season.

However, it seems that is contingent on Donald being offered a suitable contract.

“It’s A Business”

When asked about his future with the Rams and in the NFL, Donald was quick to point out:

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 24: Aaron Donald and Erica Donald attend Floyd Mayweather’s exclusive red carpet birthday bash at Gabriel South Beach on February 24, 2022 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images for CGI Merchant Group)

“It ain’t about the money, it’s a business at the end of the day.”

“That’s what you’ve got to see. For me, it’s about winning. I don’t want to play football if I can’t win anyway, so I feel like…if I got a real opportunity to win another Super Bowl, then it makes sense to play.”

“But again, it’s still a business. We’ve got to handle the business side of things, and if that wasn’t to get handled then, you know, it is what it is type of situation. I’ll be fine regardless.”

Donald also claimed that winning the Super Bowl this season will not influence which decision he takes regarding his future.

“Me talking about retirement, that was happening way before we won a Super Bowl. I’ve been saying that since I got into the league that I was going to play eight years and be done. That’s just what I’ve been saying.”

“It just came out and then everybody think that ‘Oh, he said if he wins a Super Bowl he’s going to retire.’ Nah, I got teammates, coaches, my family who know about this. I said I’m going to play eight years and I’m going to probably be done playing football,”

“But winning a Super Bowl, you get kind of a little addicted. I want to feel that again. I ain’t going to lie, that experience is like none other. If I was to play, it’s just to win another Super Bowl, but at the end of the day, it’s still a business and it got to make sense to me and my family.”

“I was blessed to play this game, to make the money I made, the accomplishments I made in eight years is, like, I’m complete. If I can win another one, that’s great, but if not, I’m at peace.”

Positive Note

In his eight years in the NFL, Donald has been the Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions and he has been elected to the Pro Bowl in each of his eight seasons as a player.

However, the superstar did end the interview on a more positive note saying that he feels that the Rams will likely work out a deal with his representatives over the coming weeks.

So is Donald set to follow through on his plans to retire, or is this just a little reminder to the top brass at the Rams that they need to get their prized asset signed to a new contract with a little more urgency than they have been showing?

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