Cooper Kupp: Rams protecting Aaron Donald's locker open simply in case

by Christina S. Brown
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The Los Angeles Rams are getting ready for his or her first season in over a decade with out Aaron Donald after the longer term Corridor of Fame defensive lineman introduced his retirement earlier this offseason.

However they’re additionally getting ready for the likelihood he comes again.

The Rams haven’t reassigned Donald’s locker, protecting it open simply in case the three-time Defensive Participant of the Yr decides to — as his coach Sean McVay as soon as famously urged throughout their Tremendous Bowl title celebration — run it again.

Veteran extensive receiver Cooper Kupp, one of many different stars of that 2021 Rams staff that gained all of it, revealed the standing of Donald’s locker throughout a current interview with NFL Media and likewise mentioned he would preserve making “backhanded feedback” publicly to let Donald know the door is all the time open if he desires to return again.

Nonetheless, the Rams are transferring ahead with a younger, retooled defensive position in Donald’s absence underneath first-year defensive coordinator Chris Shula. They drafted edge rusher Jared Verse within the first spherical of final month’s NFL Draft earlier than buying and selling as much as choose Verse’s Florida State teammate Braden Fiske within the second spherical.

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Common supervisor Les Snead famous that the back-to-back picks of Verse and Fiske have been made with the understanding that it will take a number of high-level gamers to switch Donald.

However Snead has additionally made it clear he would welcome Donald again for an additional playoff run, publicly hinting as a lot himself a number of weeks in the past and mentioning one thing related occurred with veteran security Eric Weddle throughout their Tremendous Bowl season.

Whether or not there’s really an opportunity that Donald, who has publicly described himself as “full” and “happy” along with his NFL profession since retiring, would really contemplate even a short comeback is one other story altogether. However the message from the Rams is evident: If their 32-year-old franchise legend ever felt like he had extra to provide them, the staff would welcome him again with open arms.

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