Los Angeles Rams standout defensive tackle Aaron Donald missed the start of voluntary offseason workouts Monday. Coach Sean McVay thinks this year will be different, however, because communication between the Rams and Donald's camp is better now than it was then.
"We feel good about the dialogue that has existed", McVay said via NFL.com's Nick Shook. "We totally understand some of the other things that are going on with regards to wanting to get that deal, and with respect to Aaron, we feel really good about that dialogue".
Last season, Donald was absent from most of the Rams' offseason program, all of training camp and the preseason while seeking a new contract. "So, we feel good with everything that's going on with that". "When this happened past year, we weren't involved really much in communication between myself and Aaron".
"You know he's going to be a guy who's so conscientious".
Rams general manager Les Snead expressed his expectation earlier this month about Donald receiving a mega-extension, saying on The MMQB Podcast with Peter King that Donald "is on the verge of being the highest-paid defensive player in football".
Donald is scheduled to make $6.89 million on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract in 2018, the final year of his deal.
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