McVay on Donald: "There’s a Huge Level of Urgency from Our Side"

Throughout the course of training camp, head coach Sean McVay has been asked if there’s an update on defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s contract situation. 

McVay has dutifully replied to each question, but the answer is just about always the same: There’s no real update. 

But when the team was in Baltimore last week, general manager Les Snead struck a bit of a different tone in regards to the negotiations.

“We’re in the same ZIP Code, area code, ballpark,” Snead said, via the Los Angeles Times, adding, “Zip Code usually means you’re close.”

So when those comments were brought up to McVay following Saturday’s practice, the head coach noted there’s been increased dialogue between the two sides. 

“We feel positive about the direction that these things are going. I think there’s a level of urgency that’s being displayed from us. I know that they know how much we value him and appreciate Aaron,” McVay said. “Hopefully, we’ll see some things change on that front sooner than later, but it’s still kind of in the same boat. 

“But,” McVay continued, “I know there’s a huge level of urgency from our side in terms of how important he is, wanting to be proactive about trying to find a solution, get this thing done. We’ll see if we can get that situation handled.”

Once the team and Donald come to an agreement, McVay will likely be happy to stop answering the same question he’s had to field at training camp dating back to his first day in 2017.

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