In quite a shocking move (timeline-wise as opposed to a shocking decision), the Los Angeles Rams are close to finalizing a deal that would keep RB Todd Gurley in Los Angeles for a few more years per Adam Schefter:
Rams and RB Todd Gurley finalizing agreement on a 4-year extension worth $60 million that includes $45 million guaranteed that ties him to LA for the next six seasons, source tells ESPN. Finally a deal that resets the RB market.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2018
Gurley was the 10th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft by the then St. Louis Rams.
It’s obvious the Rams highly value their best offensive weapon as they are closing-in on keeping the star RB for a total of six seasons.
As Schefter noted in the article, this will easily put Gurley on top of the RB market as the top-paid player on a long-term deal, surpassing Atlanta Falcons Devonta Freeman who currently holds the top deal for a RB on a long-term deal. Gurley’s four-year extension would equate to $15M average per year, moving him comfortably to the top of the list.
This is an interesting development as star defender Aaron Donald still remains unsigned, with the Rams closing deals for both WR Brandin Cooks and now Gurley.