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  • Rams let go of Todd Gurley

    As per their web site

    The Los Angeles Rams have released running back Todd Gurley.

    Gurley, 25, was the Rams' first-round pick out of Georgia in 2015. The Tarboro, North Carolina native started 72 games for the franchise, rushing for 5,404 yards and 58 touchdowns. His 70 total touchdowns rank fourth in team history, while his total rushing yards are fifth-most in team history.

    Following the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Gurley earned back-to-back First Team All-Pro recognition from the Associated Press. He also was also named to the Pro Bowl three times during his Rams tenure. In 2019, Gurley's 12 rushing touchdowns moved him into a tie with Marshall Faulk for most career rushing touchdowns in team history.

    The departure of Gurley leaves L.A.'s backfield with 26-year-old Malcolm Brown and 2019 third-round pick Darrell Henderson Jr. as its top two running backs. Brown carried the ball 69 times for 255 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games last season, while Henderson added 39 carries for 147 yards in 13 games in his rookie campaign.
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    Well, there you have it. I presume there wasn't a trade partner, so they ripped the band-aid off.

    Quoting Rich Hammond...

    Rich Hammond
    @Rich_Hammond
    So, to run the numbers real quick, Todd Gurley was going to have a cap hit of $17.25 million. The Rams have to eat $20.15 million in releasing him. Cutting loose Clay Matthews saves $3.75 million, which mitigates all of that extra money (and a little more).

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    • #3
      "The Rams will absorb a $20.15 million dead-money hit if he was released with a pre-June 1 designation. They will save $2.9 in salary cap space."

      If true, and I don't know how it can be, between Matthews and Gurley, the Rams have cleared 6.65m on the cap this year.
      Last edited by Richbert88; -03-19-2020, 05:41 PM.
      Semper Fi!

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      • #4
        getting room to sign Ramsey.....

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        • #5
          Originally posted by macrammer View Post
          getting room to sign Ramsey.....
          yes, as we all know how a shutdown corner is the key to winning championships not draft picks

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          • #6
            In the end, the Rams tried to negotiate with Gurley to make him cap friendly and he refused. Now he will sign somewhere else on a lot less. So I am not crying for him, just us.

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            • #7
              What cluster****[email protected]@

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              • #8
                Originally posted by punahou View Post

                yes, as we all know how a shutdown corner is the key to winning championships not draft picks
                I hear you. I have voiced my issues with the Ramsey trade. It is what it is

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by macrammer View Post

                  I hear you. I have voiced my issues with the Ramsey trade. It is what it is
                  Given what we are likely to face 6x next year and beyond you may begin to value Ramsey a lot more. The Cards have added De Hop, the ***** at #13 are likely to select a top flight WR and Seattle already has DJ Metcalf from last year's draft. I also believe we will be adding a CB in this upcoming draft to cover the other side from Ramsey. as the 3 I mentioned are just the surface, there are other dangerous receivers on our division rivals too.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post

                    Given what we are likely to face 6x next year and beyond you may begin to value Ramsey a lot more. The Cards have added De Hop, the ***** at #13 are likely to select a top flight WR and Seattle already has DJ Metcalf from last year's draft. I also believe we will be adding a CB in this upcoming draft to cover the other side from Ramsey. as the 3 I mentioned are just the surface, there are other dangerous receivers on our division rivals too.
                    once again, I do not take away from his ability. I think the trade was not worth it.

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                    • #11
                      This one really hurts.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post

                        Given what we are likely to face 6x next year and beyond you may begin to value Ramsey a lot more. The Cards have added De Hop, the ***** at #13 are likely to select a top flight WR and Seattle already has DJ Metcalf from last year's draft. I also believe we will be adding a CB in this upcoming draft to cover the other side from Ramsey. as the 3 I mentioned are just the surface, there are other dangerous receivers on our division rivals too.
                        Ramsey doesn't match up well against Hopkins.

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                        • #13
                          i hate the idea that we cut him after littleton left, but i guess we didnt intend to pay littleton in any event. I think cooks is next

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by macrammer View Post

                            once again, I do not take away from his ability. I think the trade was not worth it.
                            No argument. We paid a very high price.

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                            • #15
                              Well I guess when he plays for a new team we'll find out if he really is hurt or not, or whether his heart is in the game anymore. Or was there behind the scenes drama we'll never know about? We all know from watching him, something was not right. He simply did not have the speed or moves of years past. This hurts big time cap wise, but if he's not playing anyway, might as well take the tiny bit of cap savings we get from not having him and move on.

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                                Fisher said "the line of scrimmage was full of Cardinals" on Sunday, as is normally the case. So the Rams used Gurley a little bit more in the passing game. He hauled in a one-handed catch on a lob pass that turned into a 33-yard gain early in the third quarter, then converted a key third-and-8 down the stretch, running out to the flat, catching Case Keenum's throw, cutting to the inside and gaining the extra yardage two plays before Brian Quick caught the winning touchdown.

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