Donald has not received a new deal, but the two sides will preserve working towards 1, the Rams said. He will not perform in Sunday’s time opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
Rams coach Sean McVay earlier acknowledged that they wouldn’t have the defensive tackle in 7 days 1, declaring Friday that “it really is harmless to say that he will not likely be a section of this game.”
Donald will be on the energetic roster Sunday, and the Rams are trying to find a roster exemption. The exemption would make it possible for Donald to be compensated while not forcing the Rams to cut a person else to get down to 53 players.
Tanzel Clever, a rookie sixth-round pick, is predicted to choose Donald’s spot as the beginning 3-method lineman, lining up in between the still left guard and still left tackle in foundation 3-4 sets.
Donald risked lacking 1 of his 17 game checks for the 2017 time if he did not clearly show up right before Sunday’s 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff. He was fined someplace in the neighborhood of $1.4 million for not exhibiting up through training camp or in the preseason, but groups generally pick up people fines as section of new contracts.
Donald, 26, is established to get paid a combined foundation salary of considerably less than $9 million in 2017 and 2018, the final two yrs of his rookie deal. But he is trying to find to be compensated as the game’s greatest-compensated defensive participant, which the Rams have sounded willing to make materialize.
The greatest-compensated defensive participant is Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, who signed a 6-year, $114 million extension previous summer season that assures him $70 million. Subsequent is Ndamukong Suh, who plays Donald’s place and signed a 6-year, $114.375 million deal with the Miami Dolphins in 2015 that assures him approximately $60 million.
But people players signed their extensions just after five NFL seasons. The very best comparison for Donald is J.J. Watt, the only 1 among the five greatest-compensated defensive players to signal his deal just after a few seasons. Watt received a 6-year, $100 million deal from the Houston Texans that assured him about $52 million, even though that came in 2014.