General manager Les Snead assured reporters last week that a new deal for Donald has already been budgeted into the team's financial plans.
"The nice thing about Ndamukong," Snead offered, "at age 31 and somebody who's been the highest-paid defensive player in football, winning was very important in this phase of his career.
"He's well aware that when you can partner, be beside someone who is on the verge of being the highest-paid defensive player in football, then that's a really good thing. I guess you'd say two is better than one."
Here's where it gets tricky, though: Donald isn't the lone upper-echelon defensive star in search of a market-setting contract.
Whereas Donald spent last summer as a training-camp holdout in search of a pay day, it's fair to wonder if his representatives will switch gears this time around, waiting for Mack to set a market soon to be surpassed by his counterpart in Los Angeles.