Todd Gurley is headed to the Falcons

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It looks like running back Todd Gurley is heading back to Georgia.

The Falcons posted an article to their website Friday citing a report that they have signed Gurley to a one-year deal and PFT has confirmed with a league source that the Falcons have agreed to a deal. The Falcons also posted a gif of the University of Georgia mascot to their Twitter account, which seems to be another way of welcoming Gurley back to the Peach State.

Gurley was released by the Rams on Thursday after an attempt to trade him. The Falcons were reportedly involved in those talks, but nothing came together. Gurley’s contract was likely a stumbling block and Atlanta will get him on board at a far lower price

It’s not an official announcement as we were accustomed to in past years, but this week has seen teams get creative about sharing their moves given the challenges involved with getting physicals amid the COVID-19 situation. A physical would seem to be a crucial part of the process with Gurley given his history of knee trouble and it is unknown when that will take place.

Whatever the circumstances, the Falcons appear ready to move forward and Gurley appears to be the heir to Devonta Freeman as the No. 1 back in Atlanta.

38 responses to “Todd Gurley is headed to the Falcons

  1. You would think NFL teams doctors could work together (and be honest). Maybe the 49ers could have given Gurley a physical, and sent all the data and opinion to the Falcons (for example). Nearest NFL team not in the same division.

  2. He’s perfect for them, he’ll help them roll along during the regular season and then he’ll help them fade away in the playoffs.

  3. Guy with degenerative arthritic knee condition signs with team that plays on FieldTurf.

    Sure…nothing can go wrong here.

  4. Regarding “neutral physicals,” while the idea is intuitively appealing, its not practical because different teams have different criteria, risk tolerances, etc. We see it time to time, a player will fail a physical with one team…then pass one with a different team later that week. There’s a lot of subject interpretation in these physicals–DK.Metcalf wasn’t drafted by the Eagles, among others, because of medical concerns…however, Seattle doctors passed him.

  5. Dang, I’ve never seen so many doctors commenting on one article! Yes, the guy has osteoarthritis in the knee. But he is also a young man, and these conditions worsen as time goes on, hence the term degenerative. He will absolutely have some decent football years ahead of him. He wasn’t instantly mandated to a wheelchair after the diagnostic imaging y’know… many of us in our 30’s already have undiagnosed mild forms of osteoarthritis but aren’t retiring and calling it a day.

    Get your money back for the box of cereal your medical license came in.

  6. The guy can still play.

    The main concern here is the pitch count.

    His recovery time and work load are the real concerns.

    The sad thing is I don’t think an NFL coach will ever get that right.

    In the 10 or 12 touch a game range is where he needs to be. But in that range why even sign him?

  7. He’s perfect for them, he’ll help them roll along during the regular season and then he’ll help them fade away in the playoffs. what ??? the falcons are making the playoffs ..i don’t think so..

  8. joetoronto says:
    He’s perfect for them, he’ll help them roll along during the regular season and then he’ll help them fade away in the playoffs.
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    It’s always amusing listening to Raiders fan talking about other teams and playoffs. As if Raiders fan would you know anything about that (aside from what you may have learned in your ancient history class).

  9. blowncallssuck says:
    March 20, 2020 at 9:52 am
    The guy can still play.

    The main concern here is the pitch count.

    His recovery time and work load are the real concerns.

    The sad thing is I don’t think an NFL coach will ever get that right.

    In the 10 or 12 touch a game range is where he needs to be. But in that range why even sign him?

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    Some backs can be very productive with 10-12 touches a game (see Austin Ekeler). The key is not to overpay him based on his previous volume and production.

  10. He can still be a very effective red zone player.

    Defense has to have eyes on him whether the ball is coming his way or not.

  11. Regarding “neutral physicals,” while the idea is intuitively appealing, its not practical because different teams have different criteria, risk tolerances, etc. We see it time to time, a player will fail a physical with one team…then pass one with a different team later that week. There’s a lot of subject interpretation in these physicals–DK.Metcalf wasn’t drafted by the Eagles, among others, because of medical concerns…however, Seattle doctors passed him.

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    While that’s probably true, I’m quite sure that the team doctors will have communicated with the independent doctors exactly what they are looking for and what they expect to be examined. Not really an issue.

  12. seanismorriscom says:
    March 20, 2020 at 9:05 am

    When the goal is to sell jerseys…

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    Yep.

    Pay close attention to the Southern teams and how they teambuild. They all do the same thing wanting to make these splashes for star names to sell shirts as opposed to actually winning something. It doesn’t matter if it’s Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, LA, Arizona, TB, etc. They treat teambuilding like it’s the NBA where you just need 3-5 big names and you’re set to win it all. Fail, and then rinse and repeat.

    Atlanta just got rid of Coleman and then Freeman, so why wouldn’t you just go into the draft a couple of times and sign a solid, steady and affordable vet?

    I mean, you could go Melvin Gordon, Carlos Hyde, Dion Lewis, etc.

  13. dregonspengler says:
    March 20, 2020 at 10:16 am
    joetoronto says:
    He’s perfect for them, he’ll help them roll along during the regular season and then he’ll help them fade away in the playoffs.
    ==

    It’s always amusing listening to Raiders fan talking about other teams and playoffs. As if Raiders fan would you know anything about that (aside from what you may have learned in your ancient history class).
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    3 is better than 0 no matter how you slice it and that’s what the Falcons have, ZERO Super Bowl wins.

  14. Winner: Good pickup by the Falcons if the price is right/production is there.

    LOSER: Bill O’ Brien (resident genius), could have waited a few more days and got a) a better RB contract b) potentially more for DeAndre Hopkins. c) because of trade capital/easier RB contract, brought in more O-Line help.

  15. Let’s hope this works out better than when Dwight Howard came home to play for the Hawks.

  16. The Falcons are notorious for not drafting or using UGA players. A big complaint is despite being 40 odd miles from Athens they are rarely there. Coach Bro is desperate to save his job this year and is doing everything in WIN RIGHT THIS SECOND. None of it’s going g to work, he’s awful, but jersies? Sure champ.

  17. Gurley knows his NFL career will be over in the next 2-3 years due to his knee issues, so he wanted to go back to Georgia and prepare for retirement.

  18. There is more going on here then what is being said. The Rams are on the hook for $34.5 million and maybe more, but they couldn’t work out something with him? Sounds like he simply wanted out of LA for whatever reason!
    Somebody is going to be fired at the end of 2020!

  19. NFC South obviously going to be the premier/”primetime” division this year. So many stories and new faces. Brady v Brees x2, Bridgewater as QB1, 3.0, facing his former team x2. New coach in Carolina. And of course just Brady Brady Brady Brady Brady, because that is what keeps the casual fans watching.

    Not complaining. Suppose it was NFC West last season, but anything is a welcome change from the default of NFC North being hyper-covered because of games that happened before most fans were born

  20. dregonspengler says:
    March 20, 2020 at 10:16 am
    joetoronto says:
    He’s perfect for them, he’ll help them roll along during the regular season and then he’ll help them fade away in the playoffs.
    ==

    It’s always amusing listening to Raiders fan talking about other teams and playoffs. As if Raiders fan would you know anything about that (aside from what you may have learned in your ancient history class).
    ___________________________________________
    Must be a salty Falcons fan from the Pats Super Bowl win. It’s okay. We know the Pats spotted you three touchdowns and only showed up for one quarter. That’s all it took.

  21. Dan Muston says:
    March 20, 2020 at 8:38 am
    You would think NFL teams doctors could work together (and be honest). Maybe the 49ers could have given Gurley a physical, and sent all the data and opinion to the Falcons (for example). Nearest NFL team not in the same division.
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    The Chargers are literally in the same stadium and not even in the conference.

  22. The only loser in this deal is Rams fans, or what’s left of them. The team went all in for SB and prejacked all over them selves with these terrible contracts and trades.

    NO SB.
    NO Cap Room.
    No Draft Picks.
    Shiny new stadium? That’s probably gonna get delayed with the shut-down (although I’m sure there’s a law maker out there who view’s football as “essential”).

    It’s about to be 2 horrible teams in an empty, half built stadium.
    L
    O
    L

  23. Devonta Freeman was due 6.5 mil in 2020. Cut him and save 3mil but take a 6 mil cap hit. Pay Todd gurley 6 mil in 2020. Are tom dimetroff and Quinn tryong to get fired or what?

  24. Shelter in place means Gurley cannot even go to a local doctor to get a physical, since it is not an emergency medical visit, unless he can be certified to be free of the CoronaVirus and still he would need to be several feet away when he visits the doctor. So, he probably has to wait until April to see if he can take his physical.

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