Rams cut ties with Todd Gurley, veteran Clay Matthews

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Published on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 5:37 pm EST

The Los Angeles Rams have released running back Todd Gurley II. He spent the last five seasons with the Rams franchise. 

He spent the 2015 season with the St. Louis Rams. Then he relocated with the team to Los Angeles, California and played four seasons for the Rams in the City of Angels. 

Former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers
Todd Gurley II carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by the Associated Press/Tony Avelar)

“Damn I got fired on my day off #QuarantineAndChill,” Gurley said on Twitter.

Gurley II was cut before he was due a $7.55 million roster bonus due tomorrow. With the roster bonus paid, he will make $46 million over his five seasons with the franchise. 

Also, he signed a massive four-year, $57.5 million deal with the team in July 2018. He made $34.5 million of the $57.5 million in the new agreement, according to Spotrac.

By cutting ties with Gurley II, the Rams are taking a huge dead cap hit. They are eating a $20.15 million dead cap hit for the 2020 season. 

The highest dead cap hit of all-time is when the Pittsburgh Steelers traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders (now the Las Vegas Raiders). The Steelers ate $21.12 million by making the trade.

He was signed through the 2024 season. However, since he was cut, Gurley II is now free to sign with any team he wants. 

Besides releasing Gurley II, the team also released linebacker Clay Matthews III. He spent one season with the Rams in 2019. 

According to Spotrac, the Rams are saving $3.75 million by releasing Matthews III. 

Gurley II appeared in 15 games in 2019, including 15 starts. He had 223 carries for 857 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

He also had 31 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns. 

There has been concerns over Gurley II’s knee’s for the past few seasons. People have been questioning his knees since he was in college at Georgia.

This was the first-time since the 2016 season that Gurley II did not have a 1,000-yard season. In 2016, he had 885 yards on 278 carries. 

The 11-year veteran Matthews is also now able to sign as a free agent immediately. He spent 10 seasons with the Green Bay Packers and one season with the Rams. 

In his lone season with the Rams, he appeared in 13 games in 2019, including 13 starts. He had 37 tackles, including 9 tackles for a loss and 11 quarterback hits. He also had 8.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and three pass deflections. 

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