UPDATE: According to reports, Rams DT Aaron Donald will run the risk of altering his free agent status if he extends his contract holdout close to the regular season.
As Donald once again holds out for a long-term deal ahead of training camp, a new development has surfaced that may give the Rams leverage in negotiations.
If Donald doesn’t report to the team at least 30 days before the start of the regular season, he would be stuck on just three accrued seasons and wouldn’t be eligible for unrestricted free agency next year.
This means that the Rams could use a first-round tender on Donald, which would cost them over $4 million and ensure that they would get a first-round pick if another team signed him to an offer sheet and they declined to match it.
However, another team may actually be willing to give up a first-round pick and still sign Donald to a long-term deal that would make him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
With this in mind, Donald may welcome a first-round restricted tender and the opportunity to negotiate with prospective teams.
The Rams could prevent this by using the exclusive franchise tag on Donald, but this would also work in his favor, seeing as he’d make significantly more than the restricted tender and use up one of the three possible franchise tags.
Donald, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Rams back in 2014. He is due to make a base salary of $6.892M under his 2018 fifth-year option.
In 2017, Donald started 14 regular season games for the Rams and recorded 41 tackles, 11 sacks, a fumble recovery, five forced fumbles and a pass defense.
The Rams currently have $2.204M of available cap space.
League News: Browns RBs coach Freddie Kitchens confirmed that he will use a running back by committee and plans to ride the “hot hand” this season.
The Browns overhauled their backfield this offseason as they added two new backs to their rotation.
Cleveland inked Carlos Hyde to a three-year/$15.250M contract in free agency and then proceeded on to select Nick Chubb in the second-round of this year’s draft. In addition, they signed Duke Johnson to a three-year/$15.6M extension that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season.
With that being said, Kitchens acknowledges that their running back group is a “strength” and will develop a plan for each running back. “If they are having success why would you change?” Kitchens noted, via ClevelandBrowns.com. “Ultimately, all three of those guys can run our running game. Duke can do a few more things in the passing game. Ultimately, we feel like that is a position of strength. Coach [Bill] Parcells taught me a long time ago, do not turn a position of strength into a weakness. You would like to keep it a strength, and we are fortunate that is where we are.” #nfl#nflnews#nfllive#nflupdates#nflnow#nflnetwork#espn#espnnews#espnupdates#espnnow#sports#sportsnation#sportsupdates#rumor#updates#sportsnews#fantasyfootball#yahoosports#adidas#nike#underarmour#clevelandbrowns#carloshyde#dukejohnson#nickchubb
With Commissioner Roger Goodell at the NFL Commissioner’s Awards this past Thursday! Never ever would’ve thought that one day I’d get to meet the Commissioner of the most popular sports league in the U.S! God has been exceeding my expectations for my life immensely 😭🙌🏾. Also shoutout to my mentors in the Black Engagement Network (BEN) for the Teamwork Award Win! ✊🏾 #NFL
UPDATE: Veteran CB Aqib Talib tells Andy Benoit of SI.com that the only teams he was willing to play for were the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots or Los Angeles Rams this season. “I’m going on year 11, man. I’m not trying to go learn a whole new system. I wanted to go somewhere I’d be comfortable,” Talib said. “I’m comfortable if I can live at my house in Dallas and go just around the corner to work. I cut my bills in half. Or if I can go play in a defensive scheme that I’ve played in before. So I told him Dallas, New England or L.A.” The Denver Broncos nearly traded Talib to the 49ers this offseason, but he made it clear that he wasn’t interested in playing for them. “I told him, ‘I ain’t even gonna take no physical in San Fran, so there won’t be no trade,’” Talib said.
This led to the Broncos trading him to the Rams in return for a 2018 fifth-round pick.
In 2017, Talib started 15 games for the Broncos and recorded 31 total tackles, seven pass defenses, one forced fumble, and one interception returned for a touchdown.
Talib, 32, is entering the fifth year of his 6-year/$57M contract and stands to make base salaries of $11M and $8M over the final two years of the agreement.