Los Angeles Rams' Ndamukong Suh Says Aaron Donald 'Deserves More Than What I Got'
on Jul 31, 2018 08:50 AM EDT
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh believes that Aaron Donald deserves to be paid more after coming off a stellar National Football League year last season.
Donald, who was drafted as the 13th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, is set to receive $6.892 million in the 2018 season. The 27-year-old Donald caught everyone's attention when he won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year despite missing the camp last year with the Los Angeles Rams.
"He deserves more than what I got. It's only right that he continues to play at a high level and prove that," Suh said of his new teammate.
Suh joined the Rams this offseason after inking a one-year deal worth $14 million. Prior to signing with the Rams, Suh made history when he signed a six-year $114 million deal with the Miami Dolphins in 2015. The deal also included $60 million in guaranteed money, which at that time was the richest contract for a defensive player in the history of the league.
Rams And Donald Are Working On A Deal
General manager Les Snead said that he is currently in talks with Todd France with the hopes of working on a new deal for Donald. However, Snead did not reveal if there has been any progress in the negotiations.
"You want Aaron here, but the thing you know about Aaron is that when he gets here, he will be in shape," Snead said.
Donald did not show up for training camp for the second year in a row due to a contract dispute. According to USA Today's Jarrett Bell, the three-time All-Pro first team member is likely looking at a new deal that could surpass the contract of Von Miller with the Denver Broncos.
Currently, Miller's contract with the Broncos pays him an average of $19.016 million per year with $70 million in guarantees. The Rams still have more time to sign Donald into his new deal as the team opens its season against the Oakland Raiders at the Black Hole in six weeks.
Suh Expected To Bolster LA
The acquisition of Suh is expected to give the Rams the best rushing tandem in the league. The Rams are hoping to make themselves a legitimate championship contender after an incredible season with first-year mentor Sean McVay last year.
Suh recognized the Rams' talented roster, but he reiterated that the talent means nothing unless the pieces have been put together. Bell concluded that the Rams' next step to success begins with Donald, who plays with Suh in the middle of the defense.
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