The Atlanta Falcons are excited about the homecoming of star running back Todd Gurley, but the questions about his health won’t just be going away.
Jeff Schultz of The Athletic quoted an NFL source this week who gave a pessimistic outlook on the three-time Pro Bowler’s troublesome left knee, calling it “very bad” right now.
An NFL source told The Athletic that there were concerns about [Gurley’s] surgically repaired left knee when he came out of Georgia.
When asked how bad the knee is now, the source said “Very bad.”
The 25-year-old Gurley saw the arthritic knee become a major concern during the Rams’ 2018 Super Bowl run, particularly when his production tailed off at the end of the playoffs. While Gurley still had a solid 2019 on paper with 857 rush yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games, the Rams were conservative with his workload and gave extra snaps here and there to backup Malcolm Brown.
Gurley has downplayed concerns about the health of his knee, but he probably won’t be a workhorse in Atlanta like some of the league’s other elite backs.
Todd Gurley quickly found a new home a day after being released by the Los Angeles Rams, and he definitely doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings about it.
Gurley was cut by the Rams after they paid him a $7.5 million bonus, but before they would have owed him an additional $10.5 million. Though he was released by the Rams, he was happy to collect his check and made that known in an Instagram comment.
Gurley has really taken his release in stride. It helps that he’s getting a good amount of money and had no trouble finding a new team after the Rams released him. In the end, he’s going to a pretty good situation, so he just has to stay healthy and get on the field and he’ll be fine.
Todd Gurley was released by the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, and the veteran running back wasted no time at all finding a new home.
Gurley has agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons, ESPN’s Jordan Schultz first reported. The team later announced the move with a hype video on Twitter.
The Falcons and Miami Dolphins were the two teams that reportedly expressed the most interest in Gurley when the Rams were shopping him in trade talks. Atlanta parted ways with Devonta Freeman recently, and the timing probably was not a coincidence.
Gurley played his college ball at the University of Georgia, so that may have played a role in him wanting the sign with the Falcons. The 25-year-old averaged just 3.8 yards per carry last season while battling knee and ankle injuries, but he’s also capable of playing a big role in the passing game. Gurley showed a great sense of humor about being released.
Todd Gurley will be available for teams to pick up in free agency, and a few ones are already standing out.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported on Thursday that the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons are among Gurley’s desirable landing spots.
Indeed, those two teams showed the most interest in trading for Gurley when the Los Angeles Rams were shopping the running back.
The Dolphins signed running back Jordan Howard in free agency, but that might not preclude them from adding another back such as Gurley, particularly if the price is right.
Though Gurley, 25, declined last season as he battled knee and ankle injuries, it’s not out of the question to think he could be helpful splitting carries next season. He averaged just 3.8 yards per carry for the Rams but is still a factor in the passing game. He also is showing a sense of humor after being released.
The Los Angeles Rams on Thursday released Todd Gurley, and the running back sent some funny tweets in response.
Gurley quoted the movie “Friday” by joking that he got fired on his day off.
He also retweeted Deion Sanders and stated his understanding that football is a business.
Gurley still gets a $7.55 million roster bonus from the Rams, but they will avoid another $10.5 million in guarantees paid out to the running back. Cutting their losses was the motivating factor in releasing Gurley.
In the end, the 2015 No. 10 pick earned $46 million over five seasons with the Rams.
Gurley averaged just 3.8 yards per carry last season, which was his lowest mark in three years. He has had knee troubles during his career, but still should find another gig before long.
The Los Angeles Rams were not able to find a suitable trade for Todd Gurley, but they are moving on from the star running back anyway.
The Rams informed Gurley on Thursday that they are cutting him, which prevents them from having to pay him an additional $10.5 million he would have been owed. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that LA tried to trade Gurley for weeks.
Teams likely have significant questions about Gurley’s health, as he has had knee issues dating back to his time in college at Georgia. It may not have been possible for teams to conduct a physical with him because of the coronavirus pandemic, so that could have made trading Gurley even more difficult for the Rams.
Gurley averaged just 3.8 yards per carry last season, which was his lowest mark in three years. He was scheduled to count $17 million against the salary cap in 2020, and he may not be the only star player the Rams move on from this offseason.
The running back market is quite fluid right now, but a big name may be on the trade block.
ESPN’s Jeff Darlington said on Wednesday’s SportsCenter that his sense was that Todd Gurley will more likely than not be traded by the Los Angeles Rams.
The big question around Gurley will be health. Teams will want a look at his knee before trading for him, which can’t really be done without a physical. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, that will be difficult and could slow down efforts to trade Gurley.
Gurley carries a cap hit over $17 million for 2020. The Rams would probably love to get out from under that, and his name has come up frequently as a result.
Another big name could be on the move via trade as the offseason gets underway.
According to Michael Silver of NFL Media, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley’s name has come up in trade talks. The price tag would likely depend on how much of the contract the acquiring team is willing to pick up.
Even a year ago, trading Gurley would have seemed unimaginable. He was coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and had twice led the league in rushing touchdowns. In 2019, he was limited to 223 carries, and there appeared to be clear concerns about the health of his knee. Any team that acquires him is going to have to feel comfortable with his health.
Gurley doesn’t turn 26 in August. If a team believes he’s healthy and durable, he could be a very worthwhile trade target.
Todd Gurley’s workload has been up and down all season, with little explanation behind it. It doesn’t sound like Sean McVay is about to offer one, either.
On Wednesday, McVay admitted that Gurley’s production has varied, adding that much of it is “not exclusive to what [Gurley] can control.”
Gurley, of course, has had lingering left knee issues for a while now. The Rams have been very careful about his workload, even when he’s producing. He’s gotten 20 or more carries on just two occasions this season, and he’s down to 3.9 yards per carry, a full yard less than last season.
What can Gurley do to change it? Not much. Things like game script matter too, but the Rams don’t want Gurley getting hurt. He’s going to have games where he can’t get it going and they go away from him. McVay sounds like he’d like to reward Gurley with more usage to reward his production, but the running back’s health comes first, even if he’s looked perfectly fine lately.
Todd Gurley scored on a touchdown run in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, and he showed off a beastly move on the way to the end zone.
Gurley scored on a 7-yard touchdown run on first and goal and stiffarmed the heck out of Tre Flowers to get there:
What a power move by Gurley.
The touchdown marked Gurley’s ninth rushing score and 10th overall touchdown on the season.