by Matthew MacKay | Wed, Jul 21st 11:49am EDT
Former Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley does not appear to be a relevant factor in the team's search for a running back on the free-agent market, per beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. (Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic)
Gurley is far removed from his RB1 finish during the 2018 season for the Rams, where he averaged 4.9 YPC on 260 carries and amassed an incredible 21 touchdowns that included 81 targets. He rapidly declined over the next two seasons but still managed to finish as the RB14 in half-PPR formats during his last season with the Rams in 2019, where arthritis in his knee flared up and held him out of a pivotal postseason run. The 26-year old landed in Atlanta last season and managed to rack up nine touchdowns despite averaging only 3.5 YPC on 195 carries and only saw 34 targets on one of the most pass-heavy teams in the league. This disappointing decline in Gurley's production, combined with the bitter public feud over the Rams opting to cut Gurley, which continues to pay him $8.4 million in dead money, will likely stop any attempt at signing him back. Expect the team to wait a month towards the end of pre-season to scout potential running backs who were cut, instead of forcing a reunion with Gurley.