Aaron Donald 'at peace' with retirement amid contract negotiations with Rams: 'I don’t need to play football to be fine'
Aaron Donald helped lead the Rams to a Super Bowl victory during the 2022 NFL playoffs. Now, he is trying to parlay that performance into a lucrative contract with Los Angeles, and he is using every negotiation tactic in the book to try to make that happen.
That includes publicly floating the possibility of retirement to gain leverage in those contract negotiations.
“It ain’t about the money, but it’s a business at the end of the day,” Donald said, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk. “That’s what you’ve got to see. For me, it’s about winning
I don’t want to play football if I can’t win anyway, so I feel like if I got a real opportunity to win another Super Bowl, then it makes sense to play.
Donald then directly addressed the possibility that he could retire. He noted that rumors of him potentially stepping away from the NFL began before the Rams won Super Bowl 56.
They were publicized ahead of the event by NBC's Rodney Harrison, and that led many to believe that he would step away from the game if Los Angeles won the game.
But will the Rams give it to him? Donald noted on the podcast that the two sides will "probably figure out" a new contract that keeps him on the field.
However, if negotiations go awry, Donald has no problem hanging up his cleats and moving on to the next part of his life.