Todd Gurley feels “no pressure” after signing massive deal

AP

Rams running back Todd Gurley has a new deal that reinvigorates a depressed running back market. So does the six-year, $69.4 million deal place more pressure on him to perform?

“No pressure,” Gurley told reporters on Wednesday. “It’s the same thing I’ve been doing my whole life. You’ve just got to be able to be consistent and keep doing it at a high level. With coach [Sean] McVay as my coach, all these great weapons around me, I’m fully confident that we can do that for years to come.”

Gurley has no regrets about doing the deal now instead of waiting to see how things change in a year, specifically after Le'Veon Bell gets his long-term deal.

“I’m just happy we were all able to be on the same page,” Gurley said. “Just try to get it done now. Like I said, I wasn’t worrying about it too much. The Rams, they just did a phenomenal job on their part of being able to make this all come true for me. So, I’m happy to get it done early, out of the way. Like I said, just play ball from here on.”

Even though Gurley recently suggested that players should force a lock out to get fully-guaranteed deals, Gurley’s contract isn’t fully guaranteed. But it’s still a great deal given the languishing tailback market, and Gurley knows it will make him a marked man.

“Talking to my running back coach from college, he said the exact same thing,” Gurley said. “You think people know you now, they’re definitely going to definitely know your worth. I’m excited. That’s why I play this game –- to go out there try and make plays, put my team in a great position. I’ve got great teammates around me that are going to help me be in that position and I’m going to help them be in a great position as well.”

He’s definitely in a great financial position. Asked whether he’s done the math as to how much his new millions will be able to buy him in new shoes, Gurley said, “Haven’t done the math, but I’m pretty sure I can buy a whole lot of shoes now.”

He definitely can, and that’s the way it should be. When the NFL secured in 2011 a rookie wage scale aimed at keeping first-round draft busts from pocketing millions they never earn, no protection was put in place to ensure that the non-busts get their reward. Few teams have been willing to pay out long-term deals to first-rounders after only three seasons, when the first-rounders become eligible for new contracts. As to Gurley, the Rams became an exception to what should be the rule.

And it really was a win-win. Gurley, traded what would have been roughly $35 million on year-to-year basis over the next four years for a firm $49 million. And he achieved the kind of financial security that simply wouldn’t have been there in 2018, when he previously was due to make $2.3 million.

In return, the Rams avoided having Gurley enter the final year of his rookie deal on the heels of Bell possibly getting as much as $17 million per year on the open market, which would have only made it more expensive to keep Gurley in the fold.

7 responses to “Todd Gurley feels “no pressure” after signing massive deal

  1. All the right and expected words today. Will he be feeling disrespected three years from now?

  2. “He’s definitely in a great financial position. Asked whether he’s done the math as to how much his new millions will be able to buy him in new shoes, Gurley said, “Haven’t done the math, but I’m pretty sure I can buy a whole lot of shoes now.”

    He definitely can, and that’s the way it should be. When the NFL secured in 2011 a rookie wage scale aimed at keeping first-round draft busts from pocketing millions they never earn, no protection was put in place to ensure that the non-busts get their reward. Few teams have been willing to pay out long-term deals to first-rounders after only three seasons, when the first-rounders become eligible for new contracts. As to Gurley, the Rams became an exception to what should be the rule.”

    BS – how about you place the blame on the player’s union with Mr. Smith as their leader. The NFL, the league, is playing in the same sand box that the player’s union agreed to build and play in when the CBA was signed. If the players had the same b@lls they play with when it comes to negotiating the CBA this would be a mute point.

  3. Makes me wonder what’s going on with Donald. Is he asking too much and the Rams have decided to move on from him? As disruptive as Donald is (and he’s certainly one of the best players in the league) is any DT worth $20m a season?

  4. Gurley what a class act!! Been my favorite since the first game i saw him run st Georgia. I’m a due hard rams fan and they drafted my two favorite players coming out of college Gurley and Donald. How people missed om donakd beats me I watched one game and it was unreal. But yeah Gurley diesnt even go shopping jes training 15 minutes after his pay day. Yiu think levon bell is training right now pssshhhh

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