Todd Gurley is headed back to the Peach State.
The former Georgia Bulldog has agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons, one day after he was cut from the Los Angeles Rams. The full details of the contract are unknown at this time.
“WE GOT HIM,” wrote the Falcons’ twitter account on Friday, accompanied by a short slideshow.
The Falcons cut ties with their feature running back Devonta Freeman last week.
Gurley, 25, was released on Thursday shortly after rumors surfaced that the Rams planned to cut or trade their star running back. In response, he tweeted jocularly, “Damn I got fired on my day off #QuarantineAndChill.”
A Baltimore native, Gurley rejoins former Rams teammate Dante Fowler Jr., who signed a three-year, $48 million contract with the Falcons earlier this week.
Gurley, the 10th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, inked a blockbuster four-year, $60 million contract extension with $45 million guaranteed in 2018, a deal that made him the highest-paid running back in the NFL at the time. His contract with the Rams carried a 2020 cap hit of $17.25 million with a dead-cap hit of $12.6 million, according to Spotrac.
The Rams will spread the dead-cap charges over two seasons and will free up $5.5 million in additional cap space as of June 2.
Gurley’s NFL career started with a 1,106 yard-season, winning him the 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He won the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year award in 2017, but has failed to replicate that success due in large part to injuries.
The three-time Pro Bowler tore his ACL in his junior year at Georgia and was held out of the end of the 2018 season with knee inflammation.
Ahead of the 2019 season, it was revealed that he was suffering from arthritis in his knee, forced the Rams to use a running back committee of Gurley, Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson.