The Rams need Aaron Donald to come back to repeat

Aaron Donald # 99 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates the win after a game against the Detroit Lions on October 24, 2021 in Inglewood, California.
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Just after the Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl LVI a few months ago, many members of the team expressed interest in running it again and going to the Back-to-Back World Championships.

So far, that hasn’t happened.

Star linebacker Von Miller left to join the Buffalo Bills, wide receiver Robert Woods signed with the Tennessee Titans and Sonny Mitchell returned to South Florida to play for the Miami Dolphins.

Of course, the Rams have brought back cornerback Troy Hill and signed wide receiver Allen Robinson II and linebacker Bobby Wagner, but a large chunk is still out of place.

Aaron Donald, the team’s superstar defensive lineman, has not yet decided whether he will return to the team.

Although he has signed for the 2024 season, he has said he plans to retire after only eight seasons in the NFL.

If he is not with the Rams, they will not repeat as Super Bowl Champ.

Donald is a beast

Donald, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, was picked by LA with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and has played his entire career with the team.

He immediately became a force, earning Pro Bowl and Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in his first season.

In each of the last seven seasons, Donald has made the Pro Bowl and has been named to the All-Pro First-Team each time.

He is a sure-fire Hall of Famer who led the league in 2018 with 20.5 and double-rate tackles.

A national spectator saw his huge impact during the Super Bowl when he helped Cincinnati stop the Bengals quarterback Joe Barrow from adding a late lead, allowing the Rams to come back and win.

Once the LA took the lead, Donald refrained from expressing any thoughts of the return of the Bengals.

He turned just 31 years old on Monday, and one would think he had plenty of high-level football left over, especially since he was an Ironman.

In his eight NFL seasons, he has played in all but two competitions.

Donald may be stuck for more money

Needless to say, if Donald really decides to retire, it will be a big loss for head coach Shawn McWay’s defense.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Donald Rams is working to extend the contract with management, but if they don’t give him what he wants, he can retire.

“If this is not met, retirement could still go down,” Fowler wrote of a possible deal with an extension. “Adding years to the already existing three-year contract takes Donald to his mid-30s and who knows if he wants to play for so long? But for Los Angeles, it’s the best way to raise money for the cap. “

The rest of the NFC seems open, and if Donald leaves it, it will be good news for teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers who think they have a Super Bowl-caliber squad.

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