After the injury to Cam Akers, which will keep him from playing in the entire 2021-22 season, Eric Dickerson has a pretty bold idea for a replacement: former Los Angeles Rams star Todd Gurley.
Gurley, who is just 26, remains a free agent after a year with the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. He ran for 678 yards and nine touchdowns, but a disappointing 3.5 yards per carry, his second straight year under four.
He was released after the 2019 season, after signing a huge four-year, $57 million deal with the team, including a $21 million signing bonus. It was a pretty aggressive move, all things considered, but Gurley hasn’t looked like a top-flight back for a few years now, after winning the league’s Offensive Player of the Year award in 2017, and making three All-Pro teams from 2015-18.
So far, the Los Angeles Rams indicate that they’re happy riding with Darrell Henderson and the other backs on the roster. A reunion with Gurley would make for a cool story, especially if he found something close to his superstar form. Dickerson, one of the great players in franchise history, would love to see it happen.
Eric Dickerson Urges Rams To Re-sign Todd Gurley After Akers Injury, ‘A No-Brainer’ https://t.co/vYj38PhNDr
— TMZ (@TMZ) July 22, 2021
“That’s a no-brainer,” he told TMZ Sports. “I mean, he knows the offense, he knows this offense. He doesn’t have to come in and try and learn it. . . . He knows [Sean] McVay, he knows the guys on the team — that would be an easy fit.”
Of course, it may not be that simple. Gurley and the Rams got into a pretty serious monetary dispute after his release, so there was some acrimony that offseason before he landed with the Falcons.
Dickerson thinks that it could still make sense for both sides to come together and leave it in the past for the good of the team and Gurley’s career.
“At the end of the day, football, this is business,” Dickerson said. “That’s what it comes down to. You got to make business decisions. . . . You got to make decisions that are good for the football team, and the player has to make decisions that’s best for him.”
Todd Gurley is still in his mid-20s and is just a few years removed from being one of the best backs in all of football. L.A. seems like an unlikely landing spot, but someone should give him an opportunity to prove himself this year.