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Rams sign Gurley to a four-year extension

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley signed a contract extension with the team on Tuesday. The 23-year-old signed a four-year, $60 million deal with the franchise.

He will receive $45 million in guaranteed money. He will receive a $15 million average in his new deal.

Todd Gurley rushing against the Atlanta Falcons (Getty Images)

Todd Gurley rushing against the Atlanta Falcons (Getty Images)

The $45 million guaranteed in this deal is the largest of any running backs in NFL history. Adrian Peterson had the previous highest-average at $14.3 million, while Saquon Barkley — who recently signed with the New York Giants — received $31 million in guarantees of the deal.

This is the second major signing for the Rams in recent days. The team signed wide receiver Brandin Cooks — who they acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots — to a multi-year extension.

They may not be done, as the team has to attempt to sign defensive star Aaron Donald to an extension, or they’ll lose him when he is a free agent. Donald is one of the best defensive players in the league.

The 23-year-old Gurley was the Rams 10th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was named the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.

He is also a two-time Pro Bowler and was the NFL’s rushing touchdown leader last season.

In three seasons with the Rams franchise, he has appeared in 44 games, including 43 starts. He has 786 carries for 3,296 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns.

He also has 128 receptions for 1,303 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

This past season, Gurley had a career season in 15 games. He had 279 carries for 1,305 rushing yards and 13 yards — all three numbers were career-highs.

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