Plenty have called into question the massive contract the Los Angeles Rams gave Todd Gurley less than two years ago. Few expected that he’d be cut before playing his third season under it.
With the Rams staring down the salary cap, they made the bold move to cut the former Offensive Player of the Year. They reportedly save $10.5 million with the move. The team can spread $17.5 million of dead cap money over the next two years.
Gurley has been taking these things in stride. After the release was announced, he joked on Twitter that he was “fired on his day off.” He probably isn’t thrilled with how things went down, in reality. It didn’t take long for him to land elsewhere, though.
Gurley signed with the Atlanta Falcons, a return to Georgia where he made his name as a superstar college running back for the Bulldogs. He joins what could be a pretty stacked offense, with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley. Recently, he spoke to former Rams teammate Chris Long on his “Green Light” podcast, and explained that he’s fine with people cracking jokes at his expense, because that’s what he’d do.
Isolation ramblings, rams new logo
– Todd Gurley (27:30)… Who showed up @ his house the day he got cut + will he ditch #30 in the A? His pandemic workout partner?
– Dan Amendola (47:00) on Brady, Lions + the time he puked in my closet https://t.co/T8iVxeM7rl
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) March 24, 2020
Todd Gurley understands that some of the comments he’s gotten after the move are as a result of more people being home and online more often. Via ESPN:
“I didn’t see it coming, but obviously I’ve seen the process over the years, so I understand the business and I understand how it goes,” Gurley said. “But I’m also the same type of person like when someone else is getting cut, I’m joking on them. So I can’t get mad if somebody jokes on me. I joke on myself all the time. If you knew me, you know that’s me. And it’s all jokes. It’s some truth to every little joke.
“But I’m still just having fun with it. And that’s the only thing I can do. Stuck in the house all day. I know people are drinking and having fun, so I’m going to have fun with y’all.”
He also joked about the Rams’ new logo, which has taken some flack online as well. “I’ve been checking my direct deposit, too. … Hey, if the new logo can get up, I can get my money,” the former LA running back said.
There are definite concerns about Gurley’s career-long knee issues. If he is able to return to his form from a few years ago, the Falcons offense could be pretty scary.