Given Donald's dalliance with retirement in the past, it's fair to question whether the three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year is cool with playing on a rebuilding squad.
Coach Sean McVay, however, has no concerns about Donald.
"He's a great competitor. ... Aaron's motivated," McVay said Tuesday. "The greats elevate people around him. It's a very similar feeling in terms of that outside-in narrative when we first got here."
Donald is under contract for the next two seasons, with his $31.67 million annual average on his extension signed last offseason highest among non-quarterbacks.
At this point in his career, Donald is taking his future year by year. The Rams expect the dominant lineman and future Hall of Famer to buoy an inexperienced defense. If anyone can single-handedly carry a defense, it's Donald. He might need to in 2023.