Aggressive player acquisitions landed the Los Angeles Rams in the headlines this offseason, but the future for their top defensive star has kept them there. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, defensive tackle Aaron Donald plans to skip the team’s voluntary offseason program amid growing consternation over his contract.
Barring a new deal, Donald’s contract carries a cap hit of approximately $6.9 million for 2018, according to Over the Cap . That figure ranks sixth on the Rams defense behind Ndamukong Suh ($14.5 million), Lamarcus Joyner (roughly $11.3 million), Michael Brockers ($11 million), Aqib Talib ($11 million) and Mark Barron ($10 million).
Since entering the league in 2014, Donald has never missed a Pro Bowl and has earned first-team All-Pro honors three times. He has recorded 148 tackles and 39 career sacks, twice leading the league in sacks by a defensive tackle.
According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, who cited unidentified sources, Landry agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth $75.5 million with $47 million guaranteed.
Landry had hoped to get a long-term deal from the Dolphins but instead signed a franchise tag with the team last month before promptly being traded to the Browns, who sent two draft picks to Miami. The deal was for a fourth-round selection in 2018 and a seventh-round selection in 2019.
Landry, 25, had 112 catches for 987 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He has been named to three Pro Bowls in four NFL seasons and caught more than 100 passes twice without ever catching fewer than 84 in a season.
Assuming Cleveland doesn’t draft Barkley in the first round, it would be a good idea to target either LSU’s Derrius Guice or Georgia’s Sony Michel, both of which would add depth to the backfield of Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson. Cleveland should also target offensive line help in the second round and Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey and Pitt’s Brian O’Neill fit that description.