It’s almost a foregone conclusion these days that any quality signal caller who gets a contract extension will become the league’s highest-paid player. That happened with Matthew Stafford on Monday, but the state of the current quarterback market means he won’t be the top-paid player for long.

The Rams’ front office — a contingency that includes COO Kevin Demoff, general manager Les Snead and senior assistant Tony Pastoors — flew to Atlanta on Wednesday to meet with Donald’s representatives at CAA but didn’t necessarily come any closer to an agreement. Snead previously said it would “probably be a safe assumption” that Donald needed to report by the end of last week — or at least by Monday — to have much of a chance of playing in the opener.

Donald is no longer subject to the $40,000-a-day fines, but he probably accumulated at least $1.4 million in fines for not showing up throughout the preseason and in training camp. Those fines tend to be picked up by the team on new contracts.

“Guys are ready to go, and we’re getting a plan in place, and the preparation goes on,” McVay said. “Fortunately, we’ve got a bunch of guys that we feel confident in that are ready to step up. Our message continues to remain the same: If he’s here, great. We’ll accept him back with open arms. But in the meantime, we’ve got to get ready to play a football game. And we know the Colts are getting ready as well.”
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