It's officially official for the Atlanta Falcons and Todd Gurley. Much has been rumored and speculated upon recently regarding the health of Gurley, who was released by the Los Angeles Rams this offseason, only two years after being made the highest-paid running back in NFL history. The former Georgia superstar quickly signed on with the Falcons after being cut loose by Sean McVay, but the deal was still pending a physical. He's now reportedly made his way to Atlanta and been given the green light by the Falcons medical staff, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, which finalizes his one-year deal worth $5.5 million.
The deal had been pending for roughly two months, as COVID-19 restrictions forced a list of agreements around the NFL to hit pause due to travel bans that prevented many players from undergoing physicals for their new teams. The Falcons confirmed the report without formally being able to actually do so, thanks to NFL rules, but the truth of it is Gurley is home and already preparing for what he hopes will be a season that re-establishes him as one of the most dominant running backs in the league.
Needless to say, the Falcons are excited.
By the looks of conditioning videos he's released recently, his knee is just fine.
The three-time Pro Bowler has also begun working out with former league MVP Matt Ryan, as the two attempt to build an early chemistry ahead of training camp. Ryan was thoroughly "impressed" with what he's already seeing from Gurley, and believes the three-time All-Pro and former NFL Offensive Player of the Year will be an "awesome" addition to what's being designed in Atlanta. With the decision to release Devonta Freeman this offseason, Gurley enters with the expectation of becoming the bell cow -- utilized as both a halfback and a receiver out of the backfield.
He was exactly that in his best seasons with the Rams, racking up a career-best 2,093 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns in 2017 and another 1,831 yards from scrimmage with a career-high 21 touchdowns the following season. Gurley has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three of his five NFL seasons and despite the Rams scaling back his usage in 2019, he was still able to rush for 857 yards and 12 touchdowns, which proves there's still plenty of tread left on both of his tires.
The Falcons are banking on just that, and Gurley is hoping some home cooking will help him remind the NFL of a few things.