It did not take Todd Gurley long to find a new job, as he is reportedly signing with the Atlanta Falcons not even 24-hours after getting released by the Rams.
It is a one-year deal for Gurley according to Jordan Schultz of ESPN. Gurley will return to the state of Georgia to play professionally, after playing his collegiate football for the Bulldogs. According to Zach Klein of WSB, the deal is for $5 million.
Todd Gurley is signing with the #Falcons, per source. It’s a one-year deal for the 25-year-old running back.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 20, 2020
After getting released by the Rams, Gurley had a pretty classic reaction.
Damn I got fired on my day off😂 #QuaratineAndChill
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) March 19, 2020
The Atlanta Falcons seemed to confirm the news with a creative tweet from the team’s social media account.
WE GOT HIM. pic.twitter.com/N5aGYeYoFJ
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) March 20, 2020
Gurley enjoyed a ton of success with the Rams after the franchise drafted him with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was named Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2015, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and made three All-Pro teams.
But there is a reason the Rams released Gurley with two-years left on the four-year $60 million contract he signed prior to the start of the 2018 season. Of the $60 million, $45 of it was guaranteed. In his junior year at Georgia, Gurley suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. Towards the end of the 2018 season, when the Rams made the Super Bowl, Gurley began experiencing problems with the knee.
Those issues continued into the 2019 season when Gurley posted the lowest rushing total of his career. He finished with just 857 rushing yards. The Rams would’ve owed him an additional $18 million had he been on the roster after 4 p.m. on Thursday.
But Gurley still found other ways to be productive, as he did score 12 rushing touchdowns a season ago. And the Falcons did have a need at the running back position after the franchise parted ways Devonta Freeman earlier this offseason.
Many fans were skeptical the Falcons would make this kind of move, given the franchise does not have a history of drafting or signing Georgia players. The last Bulldog drafted by the Falcons was Akeem Dent back in 2011. Atlanta could’ve taken Gurley in the 2015 NFL Draft, but instead picked Clemson’s Vic Beasley, who was also released this offseason.
Gurley will now team up with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones in what could be one of the NFL’s best offenses if Gurley looks anything like he did prior to the 2019 season. Atlanta went 7-9 a season ago.
In his three seasons at Georgia, Gurley put up monster numbers as he ran for 3,285 yards and 36 touchdowns. At the time he declared for the NFL draft, he was the program’s second-leading rusher in school history, behind only Herschel Walker.
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