Todd Gurley used to be in MVP conversations because of his dominant running. Now, Gurley struggles to find a new home.
After being let go by the Falcons, Todd Gurley is still looing around for NFL teams to sign him. The former Pro Bowler and All Pro has had visits with several teams, but there hasn’t been anything meaningful yet.
Gurley played for the Falcons last year where he turned in a pretty average season. It doesn’t seem like Gurley has recovered from the knee injury that took him out in Super Bowl 53. He finished with a career low 678 yards on his second lowest yards per carry ever at 3.5.
There is still value to having a guy like Gurley around. He scored 9 rushing touchdowns last year, and his veteran presence can be provide an intangible boost to an NFL locker room. So, where could Gurley sign? Let’s look at the top three landing spots for the free agent.
Todd Gurley Top Free Agent Landing Spots:
#1. Detroit Lions
The Lions don’t exactly have the most fearsome running back room in thee NFL, but bringing in a guy like Gurley could greatly improve their depth and help improve the younger guys on their team.
Rookie running back D’Andre Swift finished with 521 rushing yards last year, but things are looking positive as he enters his second year. If he can have a guy like Gurley around to mentor him, he’ll be in even greater shape for the upcoming season.
Gurley has also reportedly had meetings with the Detroit Lions and head coach Dan Campbell has expressed his desire to sign the running back.
Dan Campbell on Todd Gurley: It has to work on our terms. https://t.co/pmUMXsFW13
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 10, 2021
#2. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens might have been an even more perfect fit for Todd Gurley had their running back situation not been stable. The Ravens managed to keep their ground game pounding with the emergence of rookie J.K. Dobbins.
He finished the year with 805 yards and averaged an absolutely scorching 6 yards per carry. Gus Edwards provided a solid backup too rushing for 723 yards on 5 yards per carry. And of course, Lamar Jackson tacked on a 1,000+ rushing yards of his own.
Therefore, the Ravens don’t really “need” Gurley, but he could provide the powerback role they’ll miss as Mark Ingram departs. Additionally, Gurley is a Baltimore native and loves the Orioles. He’s also planning to visit the Baltimore Ravens today.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) June 10, 2021
#3. Los Angeles Chargers
Lo and behold another young running back room that could do with some depth. Austin Eckler finished as the lead back for LA last year, and he managed only 530 yards.
His backups aren’t too developed either, and they could all do with a veteran presence like Gurley on their team. In fact, Gurley had more rushing touchdowns last season than the top three Chargers running backs combined. That is simply atrocious.
As the team builds around Justin Herbert, establishing a solid running game will go miles in help easing pressure off the young quarterback. It also makes the Chargers offense that much less predictable and scary.
— NFL Rumors (@nflrums) March 11, 2021