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Rams’ Sean McVay confirms Aaron Donald to return for 2022

Feb 16, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald holds the Vince Lombardi trophy during the Super Bowl LVI championship rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald told team officials that he plans to play during the 2022 season, coach Sean McVay said Tuesday.

McVay’s words during his Tuesday press conference at the annual league meeting came on the heels of a report that emerged prior to Super Bowl LVI noting Donald would ponder retiring if the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the big game.

There is still a matter of dollars and cents, however. Donald, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, is looking for more money after signing a six-year, $135 million extension just before the start of the 2018 season.

“Well it’s a huge priority for us,” McVay said. “I know that our group is working with (Donald’s agent) Todd France and trying to get that figured out. Feel really good about Aaron’s excitement about coming back and continuing to lead the way for us. But that is a piece that we do want to be able to get figured out for him. And I think he’s deserving of it. And so, we’re in the process of working through that right now.”

A seven-time All-Pro, Donald’s credentials are virtually peerless.

Donald, who turns 31 in May, has 98 regular-season sacks and 23 forced fumbles in his eight NFL seasons — the first two in St. Louis before the Rams moved back to California.

He has recorded 10 or more sacks six times, including a league-leading 20.5 in 2018. Donald logged 12.5 sacks last season.

–Field Level Media