It didn’t take long for running back Todd Gurley to join a new NFL team. Just a day after he was released by the Los Angeles Rams, Gurley has signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
The deal isn’t for long, but based on how it works out, it will still have Gurley as one of the top three highest-paid running backs in the league.
Todd Gurley signs one-year deal with Falcons
The 26-year-old Gurley will play for the Atlanta Falcons for at least one season, after spending the first five years of his career with the Los Angeles Rams.
On Friday, sources told ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter that the three-time Pro Bowler has officially signed a one-year contract worth $6 million. However, the running back’s salary will be more than that for the 2020 season.
In a breakdown of his salary, Schefter indicates that even after the Rams released Gurley, they’ll still owe him $7.5 million on the deal he had with them.
There’s also a $2.5 million offset, so once all the math is done, Gurley is set to make $11 million in the coming season.
A breakdown of Todd Gurley’s incoming salary for the 2020 season: pic.twitter.com/x9WiR83BKj
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2020
Before the 2018 season, Los Angeles gave Gurley a four-year, $60 million contract extension with $45 million in guarantees. However, salary cap issues have led to the team releasing the two-time All-Pro. Even so, he’ll still be paid quite well.
This past week, the Falcons also added Gurley’s former teammate with the Rams, linebacker Dante Fowler Jr., who signed a three-year, $48 million contract.
Yesterday, Fowler tweeted to Gurley to suggest he join him in the ATL. Now it has happened.
Falcons 2020 season outlook
Should the NFL’s 2020 season get started on time, the Atlanta Falcons aren’t projected to have much chance at winning the Super Bowl. As of this report, the team holds 60-1 odds at Vegas Insider. Their odds to win the NFC championship are 30-1, ranking them ahead of only the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, and Washington Redskins.
The team already has a capable quarterback in Matt Ryan, and one of the league’s best receivers in Julio Jones. Now they’ve added a player that could improve the ground game.
The Falcons were looking to replace two-time Pro Bowler Devonta Freeman and couldn’t rely on their other roster members Brian Hill, Qadree Ollison, or Ito Smith to be the top rusher.
According to ESPN’s report on Friday, Atlanta ranked at No. 30 in the NFL last season for rushing. Adding Gurley should help them, but that’s if he’s able to regain his former self after a knee injury hampered him.
Gurley had 857 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns for the Rams last season on 223 carries. It was just the second season of his five-year career with less than 1,100 rushing yards. So, for 2020, the Falcons are hoping to see Gurley play more like the force he was in 2017 when he took home the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year award.