As of this writing, the future of three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald remains sketchy. The 31-year-old is due for a new contract but Donald has yet to close one with the Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams are reportedly working on a new contract with Donald who is signed until the 2024 season. However, he has no guaranteed money left in his deal, a reason why a new pact is needed.

Rams general manager Sean McVay admits he was relieved that Donald is returning for the 2023 season. But it appears that unless a new deal is in place, the 2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year is at peace even if a new deal suffers a setback.

“I’ll be fine regardless, but me talking about retirement, that was happening way before we won a Super Bowl. I’ve been saying that since I got into the league I was going to play eight years and be done,” Donald said on the I Am Athlete podcast, transcribed by Bleacher Report’s Erin Walsh.

“That’s just what I’ve been saying. … If I was to play, it’s just to win another Super Bowl, but at the end of the day, it’s still a business and it got to make sense to me and my family,” he added.

After wrapping up his 8th NFL season, Donald mentioned that he had always considered retirement after playing eight seasons of pro football. He also stressed that winning a Super Bowl had nothing to do with his potential retirement plans.

“I've been saying that since I got into the league that I was going to play eight years and be done. That's just what I've been saying. It just came out and then everybody think that, 'Oh, he said if he wins a Super Bowl he's going to retire.' Nah, I got teammates, coaches, my family who know about this. I said I'm going to play eight years, and I'm going to probably be done playing football," he said.

Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams
Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams Getty Images | Focus on Sport

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