Ex-Rams RB Todd Gurley Prefers to Join Falcons: Report

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Getty Former Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley.

Todd Gurley has hit the free agency market and reportedly prefers to join the Miami Dolphins or head back to his homeland and play for the Atlanta Falcons. As a former Georgia Bulldog, Gurley would make the city very, very happy and fill any empty seats if he were to sign with the Falcons.

The Los Angeles Rams decided to release Gurley on Thursday. Prior to their decision, they had spent “weeks” trying to trade him, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Letting Gurley go saves the Rams $10.5 million in guaranteed salary in 2020.

The Dolphins signed ex-Eagles running back Jordan Howard to a two-year, $10 million contract and filled that void in their roster. Gurley is viewed by some to still be a better catch than Howard at this point.

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Todd Gurley’s Impressive Early Career

Gurley played five seasons with the Rams and was two years into a four-year, $57.5 million extension.

The Rams drafted Gurley as the No. 10 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. Gurley had come out of Georgia in the same class as teammates Aaron Murray and tight end Arthur Lynch – although neither player’s NFL career lasted long.

It wasn’t long before Gurley became a Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro selection. He had a breakout season in 2017, leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 13 while tallying a total of 1,305 yards.

In 2018, he did that same thing and led the league once again in rushing touchdowns with 17 along with 1,251 rushing yards. He was a key component to the Rams making the Super Bowl where they lost to Tom Brady and the Patriots but was named an All-Pro again that season.

Then came 2019, which was a bad year for Gurley after developing arthritis in his knee. He had the lowest number of carries and had only 857 rushing yards. But he still managed to score 12 touchdowns.

Falcons Let Go of Devonta Freeman

The running back position isn’t necessarily the one which the Falcons are focused on filling first, but this could be an incredible opportunity for them.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told ESPN last month that the possible decision to let Freeman go wasn’t about “loving” him but all about the salary cap.

Releasing Freeman freed up nearly $3.5 million for the team to work with through free agency and trade.

The Falcons decided to let Devonta Freeman go after his disappointing 2019 campaign. As of 2019, Freeman has rushed for a total of 3,972 yards, averaging 4.2 rushing yards per game. He’s scored 32 touchdowns with 2,015 receiving yards and 257 receptions.

Right now Atlanta has Brian Hill at tailback, who still has a lot to prove. However, the Falcons placed the restricted free agent on an original-round tender. This means the Falcons would receive a fifth-round pick in compensation for Hill. The smart move would likely be to keep Hill in Atlanta for an affordable $2 million and continue to develop him … behind Gurley.

The Rams cutting Gurley makes him a more desirable option with a lower cost to sign him – tack on that he’s already leaning towards Atlanta, and it could be fairly easy to get him. At his best, Gurley could play a pivotal role in helping to turn the 7-9 Falcons around.

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