Todd Gurley didn’t see release coming

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When running back Todd Gurley became former Rams running back Todd Gurley, he joked on Twitter about getting fired on his day off.

But he said that’s the same way he’s reacted to others around him being released, as he’s come to understand the business of football.

The now-Falcons running back said during an appearance on former teammate Chris Long’s “Green Light” podcast that’s just how he reacts to such news.

I didn’t see it coming, but obviously I’ve seen the process over the years, so I understand the business and I understand how it goes,” Gurley said. “But I’m also the same type of person like when someone else is getting cut, I’m joking on them. So I can’t get mad if somebody jokes on me. I joke on myself all the time. If you knew me, you know that’s me. And it’s all jokes. It’s some truth to every little joke.

“But I’m still just having fun with it. And that’s the only thing I can do. Stuck in the house all day. I know people are drinking and having fun, so I’m going to have fun with y’all.”

Gurley’s getting a fresh start with the Falcons, with a one-year deal with $6 million (in addition to the money the Rams still owe him), but it remains to be seen if he can get back to the kind of back he used to be.

Whether because of his left knee problems or by coach’s decision, he only touched the ball 254 times last year.

“I try not to press the issue about nothing, so that’s just kind of, just sit back and do my job,” Gurley said. “Like it’s not my job to tell who to give me the ball, so if it happens, it happens. I’m not going to bitch about anything. I’m just going to keep quiet and do my part. But when I get the ball, you know I’m going to do good with it for the most part, especially when stuff is going good. But I don’t know what happened, man. All I know is I’m with the Falcons now.”

By getting back to Georgia, he’s closer to his college roots. They and he can only hope he returns to his previous form as well.

32 responses to “Todd Gurley didn’t see release coming

  1. Can’t really ask him to say much else. I think he actually responded well to Chris Long’s inquiry. Gurley could have called out his management or teammates or the media, as we’ve seen other players do, but chose not to. Sometimes players feel slighted by their teams when they’re cut-and sometimes legitimately-but choosing the high road is rarer than we’d like to see, so props to Todd for doing that.

  2. A player is always the last to know when he no longer has IT and becomes too expensive.

  3. I would be shocked if he said “Oh, yeah, I totally saw this coming. Did you watch the last two years? I’m not quite what I used to be.”

  4. Of course he is having fun with it , he got paid.
    He had a good agent.

  5. I imagine if teams let players and agents know everything ahead of time, there would be a lot more fake injuries. It’s like a poker game. You don’t reveal your hand until all the chips are down. Both sides made the rules.

  6. I’d be surprised too – Rams kept reporting he was healthy. Must be true or Fraudger would’ve fined them. But if coach just keeps forgetting to use him I guess there’s no point keeping him.

  7. 17 touches a game isn’t a lot? For an aging back, more than most running back by committee players and more touches than his rookie year. His production just wasn’t the same. The rams offense was not near what it used to be. Watch him put up decent numbers in Atlanta for a year or two, with Ryan, Jones, and Ridley. Atlanta’s entire offense should put up big numbers.

  8. I’m an Eagles fan, but I’ll be rooting for the guy. He’s a class act. I don’t know too much about his knee issue, but I do know that in a “down year”, he still had over 1,000 yards rushing/receiving. That’s not bad for a guy who’s supposedly “done”.

  9. You broke the bank then your production fell off a cliff. How in the world could you NOT have seen this coming? Clueless.

  10. What he really meant was this – Yea man I got paid so I was like yo my knee is kinda sore, and I’m only gonna give u 40% anyway now that my bank is full so let me ride this pine

  11. Didn’t see it coming figuring the Rams would no-way take a $20 million cap-hit and cut him. Really shows how bad his knee is and drop off of talent. Not to mention it looks like a tank season for the Rams as try to off-load the Superbowl run contracts, Cooks. And they still need to sign Ramsey for a lot of money, somewhere around $18 million a year.

  12. Of course Gurley knew, there has been rumbling for the past two years about a contract restructuring. If a player refuses to restructure and his production is down, being waived is almost inevitable.

  13. I guess when he stopped speaking to the team almost a month before being released it was just Todd being Todd. Yea right.

  14. I hope he rebounds, but doubt it. When the Rams needed him in the SB, he couldn’t go. He played as hard as he could and he made a ton of money. Best wishes.

  15. So what do they still owe him? And with the cap hit they must be taking, why release him at all?

  16. Guy has it easy with a big contract but makes jokes about others being cut, and “I’m going to do good with it for the most part, especially when stuff is going good”. That’s a brutal couple of quotes.

  17. They released him to have a smaller salary cap hit than keeping him. @footballfan33.

  18. Gurley’s from Tarboro, NC and I’m from eastern NC. I live in Atlanta now, Todd’s in Atlanta. So let’s rumble dude!! Definitely will be rooting for him and the Falcons to do good. But it’s Cowboy time!!!

  19. Seems like he should have. He had a meeting with the Rams, where I presume they discussed his future role with the team. Just guessing, but it seems he wanted to be the full time RB, which would have hurt the team.

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