The Atlanta Falcons are preparing to sign former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, according Jordan Schultz.
Todd Gurley is signing with the #Falcons, per source. It’s a one-year deal for the 25-year-old running back.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 20, 2020
The Rams released Gurley a day before $10.5M was guaranteed.
The deal, which is reportedly a one year contract, won't be finalized until he passes a physical.
We now know that won’t come to fruition.
The Falcons released starting running back Devonta Freeman earlier in the week and were in need of a running back. Gurley played at the University of Georgia, setting up somewhat of a homecoming.
Prior to Gurley’s release, the Falcons were reportedly making calls about a potential trade.
Gurley is a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro who was named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2015 and the AP Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.
So, as the deal became public, people started drawing comparisons to former Falcons running back Steven Jackson.
It’s Steven Jackson all over again 😩 https://t.co/CZYTs3ME7h— JB 🐏 (@JB_Peeples) March 20, 2020
This just feels like Steven Jackson the sequel. https://t.co/RL1RazcXBW— Brad Evans (@NoisyHuevos) March 20, 2020
Todd Gurley to the #Falcons has a Steven Jackson feel.— Jordan Moore (@JBoogy0815) March 20, 2020
Love how Todd Gurley is basically on the Steven Jackson career track. If all holds, he will be a Patriots RB by 2022.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) March 20, 2020
At quick glance: Both are veteran running backs with a history of knee issues coming out of college and both played for the Rams before signing with the Falcons.
Jackson, who played at Oregon State from 2001-03, was drafted in the first round by the St. Louis Rams. He spent nine seasons in St. Louis, where set a franchise record for most career rushing yards (10,138).
His time in Atlanta did not go as many had hoped, after he failed to rush for 1,000 yards in 2013, the first time since his rookie season. He finished the year with 543 rushing yards on 157 attempts.
The key difference here is Gurley is five years younger.
Steven Jackson was 30 when he joined the #Falcons and Gurley is 25.— Hundred Yard Report (@100YardReport) March 20, 2020
Steven Jackson 9 years w/Rams
- 10,138 rush yds
- 2396 att
- 56 rush TD's
- 3324 rec yds
- 8 rec TD's
Todd Gurley 5 years w/Rams
- 5404 rush yards
- 1265 att
- 58 rush TD's
- 2090 rec yds
- 12 rec TD's
The risk for Atlanta is also lower because it is just a one-year deal. Should things not work out, then both parties can move on.
Time will tell if Gurley can remain healthy and get back to the dual-threat numbers fantasy owners know and love.