By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Los Angeles Rams may be losing one of their greatest players. Aaron Donald had to dodge questions about his retirement.
Donald was asked the questions following the Rams Super Bowl LVI win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night. Before the game, there was a report by both Rodney Harrison and Michele Tafoya that he would consider retirement if his team won the final game of the season.
“He’s big on legacy,” Harrison said via ProFootballTalk.com. “He doesn’t want to be known as a defender that accomplished so many individual things and never won a Super Bowl. But he also told me this: if he wins a Super Bowl, there’s a strong possibility he could walk away from the game and retire.”
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Players are retiring at a younger age today in sports due to long-term injury concerns. He has made enough money that he never has to work another day in his life.
The 30-year-old is considered one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history. He was the 13th overall pick by the Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft.
If he does retire, he walks away as a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award winner. He also won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2014.
The stud defensive player is also a seven-time first-team All-Pro. He also has gone to eight Pro Bowls.
He is currently signed to a six-year, $135 million deal. He has three more years left on his contract.
However, the Rams have an out following this season. If he retires, then Donald will cause the team to have $21.5 million in dead cap space.
Should he retire, the Rams would release him after June 1st. This would convey his dead cap hit over two seasons.
It would cause the team to have a $12.5 million dead cap hit in 2022. However, the team would save $14.25 million.
Los Angeles would also be responsible for a $9 million hit in 2023.
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