By Anthony Caruso III | Editor
The Los Angeles Rams could lose one of their greatest players. Aaron Donald had to dodge questions about his retirement.
Donald popped the questions after the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night. Before the game, Rodney Harrison and Michele Tafoya reported that he would consider retiring 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 who has accomplished so many individual things and has never won a Super Bowl. But he also told me this: If he wins a Super Bowl, there’s a good chance that he quit the game and retire.
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Players are retiring at a younger age today in the sport due to long-term injury issues. He earned enough money to never have 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 retires, he walks away as a three-time winner of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. 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 went to eight Pro Bowls.
He is currently signed to a six-year, $135 million deal. He still has three years left on his contract.
However, the Rams have an outing after this season. If he retires, Donald will leave the team with $21.5 million in dead space.
If he retired, the Rams would release him after June 1. This would reflect his dead hat hit over two seasons.
This would cause the team to reach a dead cap of $12.5 million 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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