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Rams exercise 5th-year option on All-Pro Donald

The Associated Press THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have exercised their fifth-year option on All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald.

The Rams made the obvious move Wednesday for Donald, their top defensive player and one of the NFL’s best defensive linemen.

Donald would get $6.892 million in salary in 2018 under the terms of that deal, but the Rams have acknowledged they would like to sign Donald to a long-term contract.

General manager Les Snead has said Donald deserves a raise from his $1.8 million salary in 2017.

The Pitt product was the 13th overall pick in the 2014 draft, and he became the AP’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.

He has been a Pro Bowl selection in each of his three NFL seasons.

St. Louis files lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The city of St. Louis filed a lawsuit against the National Football League over the Rams’ relocation to Los Angeles, alleging the league violated its own relocation guidelines and enriched itself at the expense of the community it left behind.

The move comes 15 months after the team departed.

St. Louis is joined in the lawsuit by St. Louis County and the region’s sports authority.

The lawsuit filed in St. Louis Circuit Court names the NFL, all 32 teams and their owners, and seeks unspecified but “extensive” damages and restitution.

The NFL said there is “no legitimate basis” for the lawsuit.

A spokesman for the league, Brian McCarthy, said it worked diligently with local and state officials in a process he calls “honest and fair.”

The Rams moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis prior to the 1995 season, lured in part by a new taxpayer-built domed stadium.

Stan Kroenke, a real estate billionaire and native of Missouri, was minority owner of the team until purchasing it outright in 2010, two years after the death of longtime majority owner Georgia Frontiere.Speech

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