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Falcons’ Todd Gurley ‘didn’t see’ release coming from Rams

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The Los Angeles Rams made headlines with their decision to release running back Todd Gurley this offseason. It seems the new Atlanta Falcons star is still coning to grips with how his departure went down.

Gurley himself was admittedly surprised when the Rams opted to simply part ways and make him a free agent.

Via ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.

“I didn’t see it coming, but obviously I’ve seen the process over the years, so I understand the business and I understand how it goes,” Gurley said. “But I’m also the same type of person like when someone else is getting cut, I’m joking on them. So I can’t get mad if somebody jokes on me. I joke on myself all the time. If you knew me, you know that’s me. And it’s all jokes. It’s some truth to every little joke.”

Gurley added that he is now focused on taking things a day at a time with the ongoing global pandemic.

“But I’m still just having fun with it. And that’s the only thing I can do. Stuck in the house all day. I know people are drinking and having fun, so I’m going to have fun with y’all.”

Gurley’s Contract Made Him An Easy Target

Gurley’s comments are certainly understandable considering he has established himself as one of the NFL’s elite running backs. He had also become the face of the franchise in Los Angeles. The team even went through on making him the highest-paid player at his position with a four-year, $60 million contract extension prior to the 2018 campaign.

Unfortunately, the writing had seemingly still been on the wall for Gurley’s departure following an underwhelming 2019 NFL season. The Rams were strapped for cash this offseason and Gurley’s contract was an easy target.

Although Gurley’s comments indicate that there are no hard feelings over the business decision, it is safe to say that he will be looking to prove himself in the 2020 NFL season.