Aaron Donald now has just about every accolade possible for him to achieve in the NFL. Since being drafted, he’s been one of if not the most dominant defensive players in the league, consistently.
Ahead of the Super Bowl, there was talk of him possibly retiring if the Rams were to win it. Well, now that he has and seeing has he technically has nothing more to achieve, it’s possible that he could retire.
However, it’s more likely that he still wants to carry on playing football and he recently gave the Rams front office some incentive to keep things similar in Los Angeles for 2022.
Aaron Donald wants to ‘run it back’ with the Rams in 2022
Aaron Donald recently told TMZ “If we bring everybody back, I’m back. Odell Beckham, Von Miller, we bring them guys back, let’s make it happen.”
The speculation of Aaron Donald retiring has somewhat died down since his run-it-back comments where he stated during the Rams victory parade that he wants to remain with the Rams so long as the 2022 roster features the same core group of players that led them to a Super Bowl LVI victory.
The incentive for LA to keep things the same is pretty high. It’s not often that teams can make it to multiple Super Bowls and with the Aaron Rodgers drama, the path to LVII may get easier if he leaves the NFC.
If the Rams can keep Aaron Donald in their defense they will remain a force even without Von Miller. However, re-signing Miller will be the team’s top priority as he showed he still has what it takes to be elite. Not to mention, offensive lines will significantly struggle to handle both Donald and Miller, which elevates the whole defense’s playing level.
Keeping Odell Beckham Jr. around is a more difficult situation given his torn ACL. If he can even be ready for the start of the season, no one knows if he’ll be the same player having torn the same ACL two years in a row.
It’s likely that the Los Angeles Rams will come into the 2022 NFL season as the best team in the NFC regardless of whether or not Beckham and Miller are there. But it’s not bold to assume that this 2022 roster will be very similar to 2021 so expect Aaron Donald to continue to dominate the NFL.