Quarterback Aaron Murray and running back Todd Gurley were quite the dynamic duo at Georgia once upon a time. They will now be reunited at the NFL level.
The Los Angeles Rams came to terms on a contract with Murray on Thursday, the first official day anyone can sign with a new team, according to USA Today.
Murray was an extremely accomplished college quarterback. He threw for 13,166 yards and 121 touchdowns, both of which are SEC records. That’s pretty incredible considering Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford, Dak Prescott, Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow all played in the SEC too.
But Murray has yet to appear in an NFL game. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. The Chiefs cut him prior to the 2016 season. He spent the year with the practice squad of the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia’s new head coach Doug Pederson was offensive coordinator in Kansas City when the Chiefs drafted Murray.
If there’s any team that might give Murray a chance for playing time, the Rams would have to be one of the top choices. In addition to last year’s first overall pick Jared Goff, Los Angeles has quarterbacks Case Keenum and Sean Mannion on its roster, but none of the three have proven to be capable NFL quarterbacks.
The Rams hired 31-year-old Sean McVay as head coach with the understanding that he would mentor Goff, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Murray could play if Goff stinks or sustains an injury. If so, Murray would be handing the ball off to Gurley once again.
Their playing time with the Bulldogs overlapped from 2012-13. Gurley rushed for 3,285 yards in just 30 games with the Bulldogs.
Murray is the third player from Georgia on the Rams’ roster. Linebacker Alec Ogletree also played for the Bulldogs. Murray, Gurley and Ogletree were all on the same Bulldogs team in 2012.