3 reasons why the LA Rams had to release Todd Gurley

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The LA Rams released running back Todd Gurley. Here are the three reasons why the team had to do so

As other NFL teams began the 2020 NFL Free Agency period headlining team additions, the LA Rams took the unique approach of making national news about who the team released. Of course, the player released by the Rams was their star running back Todd Gurley.

The LA Rams had painted themselves into a corner this offseason. The team’s contracts for ten unrestricted free agents expired.  The team also risked losing another eight players to other contractual reasons.  But worst of all, the team overcommitted significant amounts of the team’s 2020 allowance to a handful of players.  Running back Todd Gurley was still productive.  But his production on the field fell short of the compensation he was due to earn this year. So the Rams decided to release him.

Of course, he wasn’t the only one, as the team released OLB Clay Matthews, CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, DE Morgan Fox, OLB Josh Carraway, and CB Donte Deayon.  Add these names to the unrestricted free agents whose contracts expired and the Rams current roster predicament begins to well up anxiety.

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That anxiety was spearheaded by the persistent rumors over the LA Ram continued relationship with running back Todd Gurley.  While many saw the writing on the wall, some remain confused to this day.  So let’s try to help out anyone who is still scratching their heads over this one.