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3 Best Todd Gurley Free Agent Landing Spots

  • The Draft Network
  • May 31, 2021
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Let’s take you back to 2015, where the electric Todd Gurley became the first running back off the board as the St. Louis Rams used their 10th overall selection on the game-changing ball-carrier out of Georgia. Gurley lived up to expectations (and then some) in his rookie campaign, finishing third among all backs in rushing yards with 1,106, and second in touchdowns with 10, culminating in his selection as Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

The following handful of years were much of the same, as Gurley progressed into one of the league’s most dynamic weapons, as he was named an All-Pro in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons, including an Offensive Player of the Year award in 2017. 

But, all was for not, as just three years removed from his dominant campaigns Gurley finds himself jobless. 

Following his benching in Super Bowl 53 for the aging veteran in C.J. Anderson—who’s now out of the league—Gurley’s career as a Ram took a dive unlike anything the NFL has seen in the last decade. He’s been irrelevant since his departure from Los Angeles, as his quick pitstop in Atlanta last fall continued Gurley’s dramatic downward spiral to unemployment in what has now developed into a case where Gurley, just 26, now must re-prove himself as a backfield talent that can still rack up yards if his number is called. 

From All-Pro to now on the outside looking in, Gurley’s journey is a story in and of itself. But, for a weapon once viewed as one of the league’s top backs, surely there’s talent still to be tapped into for a welcomed resurgence. 

Here are three teams that could be interested in Gurley’s services to rejuvenate a career once destined for greatness.

Seattle Seahawks

For years on end, Pete Carroll and the Seahawks have attempted to “establish the run,” but come fall, the plan is kicked under the rug and the onus on Russell Wilson to lead Seattle to the playoffs becomes the recurring storyline. However, if Carroll is committed to pounding the rock with Chris Carson and Gurley, instead of Carson and Wilson, which in turn would keep their supremely talented quarterback healthy for an elongated 17-game season, Gurley could be a nice fit. A little NFC West revenge, anyone?

Washington Football Team

Washington has their bellcow do-it-all back in the versatile Antonio Gibson, who’s slated for a massive sophomore campaign, but behind him, the duo of J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber—as they saw last season—just won’t get the job done if Gibson were to become a victim of the injury bug once more. Granted, McKissic is an atypical third-down back who serves as Washington’s change of pace runner and dynamic pass-catching talent when Gibson needs a breather, but a similar talent to Gibson in Gurley, who has three-down capabilities similar to the former Memphis product where he also has the skill set to work out of the backfield on designed route concepts, could offer a nice home for Gurley within one of the more youth-infused and talented rosters in football.

Cincinnati Bengals

With Joe Mixon back healthy, the Bengals’ run game should offer more of a punch than it did in 2020, as it will be tasked with taking pressure off the right shoulder of Burrow as he enters his second season under center for Zac Taylor’s group. Mixon is an excellent talent, an undervalued one at that, but if the Bengals look to become a well-rounded offense with the talent they possess on the boundary in Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins, the addition of Gurley could offer the one-two punch in the backfield Taylor desires to fit the ground and pound style of the gritty AFC North.

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