After failing to find a trade suitor, the Rams decided to cut star running back Todd Gurley. Now, we have an idea of what his ideal landing spots are:
My understanding is among two of Todd Gurley's desirable destinations recently has been Atlanta and Miami, per source; though the #Dolphins just brought in Jordan Howard. However, we'll see now, how other potential options open up for Gurley, or how the market reacts.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 19, 2020
Gurley may not get his wish. As Josina Anderson mentioned, Jordan Howard has already signed with Miami, so they may be squared away at running back.
After spending his college career at the University of Georgia, there’s no surprise that Gurley wants to return to Georgia. However, the Falcons just cut ties with Devonta Freeman at running back due to their tight cap situation, and unless Gurley is trying to take a severe discount, it may be preferable for the Falcons to draft a back from this deep class on a rookie contract with fresh legs.
Gurley would be an electric addition to the Falcons’ offense if somehow they were able to come to terms. He will likely receive plenty of interest on the open market, but his waning health is no secret, and he will not be landing a long-term, lucrative contract like he was handed two years ago. His days of being the NFL’s best back are long gone, as he has dealt with a long battle of arthritis in his knee. However, with a limited workload and the right weapons around him, Gurley can still be an effective runner. Unfortunately, it is an injury that will only get worse with time. There is no fix. Let’s be clear here: we all have arthritis to a degree, but Gurley’s has undoubtedly affected his game, and he will likely play in pain for the rest of his career.
I still think the Falcons have learned their lesson with handing a running back the deal they gave Devonta Freeman and the possibilities that can come from a health standpoint, but this a different set of circumstances. The team is right on the cap right now, but if he is willing to take a short-term deal at a reasonable rate, anything is possible.
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