The Los Angeles Rams decided to move on from Todd Gurley. Faced with having to pay the injured running back with an additional $10.5 million payment at 4 p.m. ET Thursday., the Rams cut the running back and finding nobody willing to make trade the Rams cut the former Offensive Player of the Year.
When Todd Gurley came out of college the worry about him was his knee. The injury reports scared many teams away, but not the Rams who picked Gurley with the tenth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
That pick seems to be a stroke of genius whenGurley rushed for 1,106 yards in his rookie season and was voted Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. He was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press following the 2017 season after scoring 19 offensive touchdowns.
It was after that OPOY season that the Rams made the mistake signed Gurley to a four-year, $57.5 million extension in 2018, two years before his previous deal was set to expire. L.A. still owes Gurley a $7.55 million roster bonus for this season and leaves a dead-money hit of $20.15 million on the salary cap.
After signing the extension coming off winning Offensive Player of the Year, Gurley rushed for 1,251 yards with 17 TDs in 2018, but knee troubles were already beginning. The running back missed the final two games of that season and saw his play heavily curtailed as the Rams ran to the Super Bowl.
Questions swirled regarding Gurley’s knee issue last offseason and were not quieted during the 2019 campaign. Despite insistence by coach Sean McVay that the Rams weren’t concerned about the knee issue, the running back’s snaps were slashed for stretches and he was much less effective. Not being able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday did not help.
“I would like to thank Todd for his many contributions to the Rams, on and off the field, since I have been here,” Rams coach Sean McVay said in a statement.
“He has meant a lot to my growth as a coach and leader and he will always be remembered as one of the all-time great Rams. I wish him nothing but the best.”
The current restrictions on medical checks was likely one reason the Rams couldn’t trade Gurley. With questions about his knee unanswered, it will be interesting to see what type of market materializes for the former Pro Bowl running back.