Based off his Twitter feed shortly after the deal was announced, it seems clear that Todd Gurley is upset over the Los Angeles Rams trading Alec Ogletree.
Between trading for Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs to agreeing to send Robert Quinn to the Miami Dolphins, the Los Angeles Rams have been quite busy this offseason, as they look to make the necessary moves to remain serious contenders in the NFC next season. On Wednesday, the Rams continued to make unexpected moves by announcing that Alec Ogletree was heading to the New York Giants, which may have been the biggest surprise of all.
Without question, Ogletree has been a phenomenal leader on the defensive side of the football for Los Angeles over the last couple of years, and seeing him earn a hefty four-year extension last October brought plenty of excitement that the linebacker would continue using that leadership for years to come. But unfortunately, the NFL is a business at the end of the day, and when looking at how much salary cap space the Rams are going to need to sign other players, including Aaron Donald, moving forward, the decision to trade Ogletree to clear up some room makes sense in a way, but also doesn’t make any easier to accept.
When seeing how many fans were caught off by the move, one can only imagine how some of the members on Los Angeles are taking the news when seeing how much respect Ogletree has rightfully earned over the years. And even though he didn’t post any actual words, this tweet posted shortly after the announcement by Todd Gurley is a pretty good indication over how the Rams running back feels about the Ogletree trade.
As bad as this sounds to say, the irony behind this message on Gurley’s end is some of that salary cap space that was cleared up will most likely benefit the running back down the road when he’s up for a new contract. Regardless, this news of the trade with Ogletree doesn’t make it easier for Gurley and some of his teammates to accept since it’s never easy to see a valuable player end up on a new team without them having any say. Not to mention, this leaves the Rams with a huge void to fill at linebacker since Ogletree won’t be easy to replace, no matter what.