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Falcons Sign Todd Gurley To 1 Year $6 Million

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  • Falcons Sign Todd Gurley To 1 Year $6 Million

    Running back Todd Gurley agreed to a contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, a day after he was released by the Los Angeles Rams.

    Gurley agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract. He had already been paid $7.5 million by the Rams before he was released and with $2.5 million subtracted from his Falcons deal due to offset language, his total earnings will be $11 million in 2020, keeping him as one of the NFL's three highest-paid running backs.

    It's a homecoming for Gurley, who played in college at the University of Georgia.

    Gurley, at this best, could be a productive, dual-threat running back the Falcons are looking for to replace Freeman. In five seasons with the Rams, Gurley rushed for 5,404 yards and 58 touchdowns. He also caught 218 passes for 2,090 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    The Rams made Gurley, the 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, the highest-paid running back in NFL history before the 2018 season -- awarding him a four-year, $60 million extension that included $45 million in guarantees. At the time of the extension, Gurley had two seasons remaining on his rookie contract.

    Gurley, who turns 26 in August, had been the face of the Rams franchise since his selection with the 10th overall pick in 2015, and his 58 rushing touchdowns were tied with Marshall Faulk for most in franchise history.

    Gurley's usage last season was down from 2018, when he rushed for 1,251 yards and scored a league-high 21 touchdowns. Gurley rushed for a career-low 857 yards last season and questions about the health of his left knee persist.