Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley

What’s left for Todd Gurley after being released by the Los Angeles Rams?

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By Jorge Antun March 19, 2020 0 Comment
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The Los Angeles Rams decided to part ways with running back Todd Gurley. Which teams should consider the star running back in 2020?

Almost two years after signing a four year, $57.5 million deal, the Los Angeles Rams decided to cut Todd Gurley and avoid paying him $10.5M, which would be guaranteed by March 20.

During his five seasons with the Rams, Gurley was one of the best offensive players in the NFL. He was first in the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 58, second in rushing yards with 5,405, second in yards from scrimmage with 7,494, and scored a total of 70 touchdowns.

His level of play wasn’t what everyone expected in 2019, facing a career-low of rush attempts with 223. His consistent injuries showed during this season with a lack of explosiveness and with Sean McVay using him less than usual. Gurley, 25, and still has plenty in his tank. He will have the opportunity to decide which team brings him the best chance to get back on track as one of the best running backs in the game.

Which teams could be interested?

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons parted ways with Devonta Freeman recently. Todd Gurley can quickly come in and be effective for Atlanta. Giving Matt Ryan a reliable option coming off the backfield could enhance the level in every aspect of the offense. Last year they selected Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary in the first round with the hope of solidifying the offensive line. The results weren’t there, but entering in their second year, we should expect more consistency by this unit.

The Falcons are a very talented roster which could be attractive, Gurley could look at them as an instant contender and make this work.

Miami Dolphins

One of the teams who made a lot of noise in days 1 and 2. Miami signed RB Jordan Howard to be their experimented back, but his contract was very low risk. Todd Gurley could bring the spark this team lacked all last year, is the worst running team in the NFL. Miami has the cap space to offer more than everyone interested in Gurley.

The Dolphins started this free agency with a lot of needs, adding Gurley to that mix would give them the flexibility to enter the draft focusing in other positions. A backfield with Howard and Gurley would be amazing two years ago but offers Miami a better chance to establish a decent run game next season.

Los Angeles Chargers

Gurley could stay in Los Angeles, this time with the Chargers. Los Angeles will not retain Melvin Gordon, pairing Todd Gurley with Austin Ekeler could be one of the best running back tandems in the NFL. The Chargers currently don’t have clarity at the quarterback position, and Anthony Lynn wants to run the football. If they decide to select a quarterback in the draft or even ride with Tyrod Taylor under center, Gurley could allow them to rely on him as an every-down back.

With the changes they’ve made in the offensive line, this option should be in consideration. They play in a tough division, and establishing the run game could be critical to winning the AFC West.

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