Monday has brought a flurry of moves and news around the NFL, including the surprising deal of DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson and a second round pick (plus other things), and there’s thought that more big deals are coming outside of just free agent contracts. One potential trade asset that NFL Network’s Michael Silver has been circling for weeks is LA Rams running back Todd Gurley.
Silver tweeted on Monday that the Rams are looking to get something done and that they are seeking between a “second to fourth-round range” pick as compensation.
According to one GM who has discussed this with the Rams: They're seeking "something of value" for Gurley; a pick in the second to fourth-round range... depending upon new team's willingness to take on the contract... https://t.co/i7vo3oEGND— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 16, 2020
UPDATE, 12:51 PM PT: Mike Silver then tweeted shortly after that his previous tweet was basically meaningless. Thank you, Mike.
Update: Another source insists the Rams have not put specific parameters on what they're looking to get back for Gurley. https://t.co/OpryUJF8S7— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 16, 2020
Gurley, 25, rushed for 857 yards on 223 carries with 31 receptions for 207 yards last season. He also scored 14 touchdowns and he’s scored a league-leading 54 touchdowns over the last three years. Gurley was at the height of his dominance in 2017, rushing for 1,305 yards and receiving for 788 with an NFL-best 19 scores. He followed that up with 1,831 total yards and 21 touchdowns in 2018, but a knee injury sapped his availability and ability late in the year and in the postseason. Concerns about Gurley’s knee continued to mount and he saw his yards per carry average dip by 1.1 from 2018 to 2019.
He has seen his receiving production go down in consecutive years as well. The Rams are estimated to save about $4.6 million against the 2020 cap if they can trade Gurley, according to OverTheCap.com.