A week that will be remembered in NFL offseason history. The Los Angeles Rams have released super-star running back, Todd Gurley. Cutting him today spares the Rams from paying him $10.5 million due today.
Gurley has been the face of the franchise since he was selected 10th overall in the 2015 NFL draft. Prior to the 2018 season, the fan-favorite running back inked himself a lucrative four-year, $60 million extension with $45 million guaranteed. The move is a shocking one.
The team announced Thursday that they have cut ties with the former NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and it comes with a hefty cost. The Rams will absorb $20.15 million in dead-money with a pre-June 1 designation. The team will save $2.9 in salary cap space.
With a post-June 1 designation, Gurley’s dead money will cost $11.75 million and save the team $5.5 million in salary cap space. The move comes as the Rams navigate a difficult salary cap situation that was started when the team started handing out mega-deals to their stars. Gurley, Jared Goff, Aaron Donald, and Brandin Cooks received deals.
At the end of the day, Gurley exits the Rams organization owed $34.5 million over two seasons.
More to come.