On Thursday afternoon, the Los Angeles Rams released former Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Gurley’s two desirable destinations would be the Atlanta Falcons and the Miami Dolphins.
The Miami Dolphins have already signed running back Jordan Howard on a two-year, $10 million deal this offseason. However, signing Gurley will be an instant upgrade at that position.
On the other hand, the Falcons could use Gurley after releasing Devonta Freeman with three years remaining on his contract. By releasing Freeman, it saved them more than $3 million in cap space, but it also opens up a need at running back. Signing Gurley would be a perfect option for the Falcons.
After having a standout career at the University of Georgia, the Rams selected Gurley in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Gurley has played phenomenal in his four seasons with the Rams, rushing for at least 1,100 yards in three of his five seasons and totaling 70 touchdowns. He was also was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2015 and a first-team All-Pro in 2017 and 2018.
However, after suffering a knee injury in 2018, Gurley has not looked like the same player. This past season, Gurley’s workload dropped as his per-carry average went from 4.9 to 3.8. The 25-year-old recorded a career-low 857 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Gurley signed a four-year extension worth $60-million in 2018. He’ll have a salary-cap number of $17.3 million for the 2020 season.
Nevertheless, considering Gurley’s young age, there will be plenty of teams interested in the three-time Pro Bowler.