Ian Rapoport of NFL Network announced the good news for Falcons and Georgia fans on Friday. The Falcons already had considered trading for Gurley prior to his release, per Rapoport.
It wasn’t long before the Falcons Twitter account made it official by tweeting a video showing they listened to what the fans wanted.
It looks like former Rams teammate, Dante Fowler was already ahead of the game. Fowler signed with the Falcons on Wednesday, filling the pass rusher void for the team.
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Gurley’s Knee Won’t Stop Him From Scoring
There’s been concern that the Gurley won’t ever return to his dominant early-career self after developing arthritis in his knee.
Gurley led the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 13 in 2017 and again in 2018 with 17.
The Rams selected Gurley as the No. 10 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. Gurley spent five seasons with the Rams and was two years into a four-year, $57.5 million extension—the biggest running back deal in NFL history until he was cut saving the team $10.5 million in guaranteed salary for 2020.
After signing the deal, his performance started to decline. At the end of the 2019 season, Gurley had a career-low rushing for only 857 yards. With a bad knee, he still managed to score 12 touchdowns.
Falcons Bring Gurley Home
The big concern over Gurley’s knee clearly didn’t seem to affect the Falcons’ decision to sign him following his release it appears. They were quick to lock the 25-year-old in after he was cut by the Rams.
Signing Gurley was a smart move by the Falcons considering they were in need of another running back after letting Devonta Freeman go. By waiting for the Rams to release Gurley instead of trading for him, the Falcons saved themselves a lot of money to use for the remainder of free agency.
After his release, Gurley told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that his preference was to sign with the Miami Dolphins or Falcons. The Dolphins had already filled their running back void with the signing of Jordan Howard.
The three-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro will be a big hit in Atlanta considering it’s his old stomping grounds from when he took over UGA. There’s no doubt that the whole town of Athens will be at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Sundays this year.