Falcons add free agent Todd Gurley II

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Published on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 9:23 pm EST

The Atlanta Falcons have a new running back. The team has signed free agent Todd Gurley II.

He has signed a one-year deal with the team. He’ll make $6 million from the Falcons during the 2020 season.

Former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II rushes the ball against the Arizona Cardinals
Former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II rushes the ball against the Arizona Cardinals (Photo by the Associated Press/Mark J. Terrill)

Gurley II will also make $7.5 million from the Los Angeles Rams. After an offset of $2.5 million, he’ll make $11 million during the season.

Atlanta was interested in acquiring Gurley II in a trade. But ultimately his contract was too much for a team to risk taking.

Plus concerns over his knees had teams balking at the idea of adding him. He has had bad knees dating back to his Georgia Bulldog days.

He has not been right since he injured his knees in the playoff run a few years ago.

With this move, he is able to go back home. While he was born in Baltimore, Maryland and went to high school in Tarboro, North Carolina, he attended the University of Georgia.

According to Google Maps, Gurley II will be an hour and a half away from where he went to college with his move.

The Falcons were in need of a running back, as Devonta Freeman was previously released. It’s not clear if Gurley II will be the starting back, or will split carries.

The likelihood is that he’ll split time. He choose the Falcons over the Miami Dolphins and the Tamp Bay Buccaneers.

The 25-year-old Baltimore, Maryland native did not have a single 100-plus yardage game on the season. His nearest game to 100 rushing yards in a game was 97 yards against the Carolina Panthers in a 30-27 win on September 8, 2019. His worst game of the season was a 16-yardage game on five carries in a 55-40 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

His last 100-yardage came in his career came on December 2nd, 2018 in a 30-16 win over the Detroit Lions. He had 23 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the contest.

This past season, Gurley II had 223 carries for 857 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 31 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns. 

In his career, he has appeared in 73 games, including 72 starts. He has had 1,265 carries for 5,404 yards and 58 touchdowns. 

Gurley II also has 218 receptions for 2,090 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has had 1,483 touches in his career for 7,494 yards and 70 total touchdowns. 

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