The marriage between Todd Gurley and the Atlanta Falcons has somewhat worked to plan.
Atlanta will miss the playoffs once again, and Gurley, the former All-Pro running back, likely won’t earn any significant postseason honors. However, Gurley has revived his career with the Atlanta Falcons and is in an excellent position to earn a nice payday next year.
Todd Gurley has had a solid 2020 season in Atlanta
Todd Gurley isn’t lighting up the NFL in 2020, but that wasn’t his most pressing issue.
Gurley signed a one-year deal worth $5.5 million with the Atlanta Falcons in April. The contract provided Gurley with an opportunity to revive his value and prove that he could be a solid starting running back without the massive money the Los Angeles Rams paid him.
Through his first 10 games, Gurley picked up 610 yards and nine touchdowns on 3.7 yards per carry.
One of those touchdowns is one that Gurley would prefer to forget, though. Gurley fell into the end zone for a touchdown in Week 7, giving Detroit the ball back in the final seconds and providing the Lions with an opportunity to win the game, which they did.
Gurley sat out a Week 12 victory over Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders with a knee injury. His status for Week 13 was unknown at publication.
If Gurley plays in Week 13 and doesn’t miss another game, he is on pace to total 915 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.
Gurley might need to find a new home in 2021
The Atlanta Falcons will have an interesting decision to make on Todd Gurley next offseason.
Gurley has looked sharp at times, but he’s also had some forgettable performances. He certainly hasn’t shown enough for the Falcons to give Gurley a massive contract extension — and his injury history should scare teams off from breaking the bank for Gurley.
Atlanta needs to find a new full-time head coach — interim head coach Raheem Morris has turned things around and could be in play for that role — and general manager.
If Gurley is willing to re-sign with the Falcons on a cheap deal, and the next regime is interested in that reunion, maybe football fans will again see Gurley in red and black next season.
Don’t be surprised to see Todd Guley earn a nice payday for himself
Again, the Atlanta Falcons — and no other teams — would be wise to give Todd Gurley a significant contract next offseason.
Still, Gurley has set himself up for a nice payday in free agency, even if it is more money on a one-year deal. Gurley is still young, he’s a touchdown machine, and teams would benefit from his character and veteran presence.
According to Over the Cap, Gurley has earned over $48 million in his career. Gurley has positioned himself to add to that total and possibly make another $5-6 million in 2021.
It is early, but there are a couple of teams that should try to sign Gurley. Buffalo has lacked the bruising running back presence that Frank Gore brought last season.
David Johnson is under contract in Houston through 2022. Could the Texans go for a duo of Gurley and Johnson, hoping that both stay healthy?
And, what about the New York Jets? A duo of Trevor Lawrence at quarterback and Todd Gurley in the backfield would be fascinating, especially if Gurley can finish the 2020 season strong.
All contract figures courtesy of Over the Cap.