'Pay the man': Rams back DT Aaron Donald in latest absence



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Published 6:54 p.m. ET May 21, 2018 | Updated 7:21 p.m. ET May 21, 2018

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald is skipping another set of offseason workouts while his contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Rams drag on into their second year.

The All-Pro defensive tackle’s teammates would like to see this standoff resolved before it has any chance to impact their promising season.

“Hey man, pay the man,” cornerback Marcus Peters said. “You win the MVP? Come on now.”

The NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year was back home in Pittsburgh while the Rams began voluntary organized team activities at their training complex Monday. He also skipped the start of their offseason program in April.

He is missing the first steps in the assembly of a potentially impressive defense. Peters joined the Rams in the offseason along with fellow star cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh — but they haven’t yet teamed up with Donald, who turns 27 on Wednesday.

“Aaron is a vet, man,” Talib said. “He’s going to take care of his own business. What’s his business is his business.”

Donald is due to make $6.89 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract,…



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