The Los Angeles Rams and Todd Gurley have agreed to a four-year contract extension that, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, resets the market for running backs. The Rams announced Tuesday that the extension keeps Gurley under contract through 2023 but did not disclose financial terms. A source told Schefter that the deal is worth $60 million and includes $45 million guaranteed, the largest guarantee given to a running back. Gurley also will receive a $20 million signing bonus, the source told Schefter. It is the largest per-year average for any running back, providing a new benchmark for other running backs looking for new deals, such as Arizona’s David Johnson and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott. The deal was noticed by Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell, who has been unable to agree to a long-term contract with Pittsburgh and has been franchised in back-to-back years.
Bell, who will make $14.5 million this season with his franchise tender, congratulated Gurley on Twitter and added a reference to his own demands in a second tweet. Gurley, 23, already had been under contract with the Rams through 2019, when he is scheduled to make $9.63 million under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Rams general manager Les Snead said negotiations to extend Gurley began in the spring, “to get ahead of the curve” with the fourth-year player. “He’s a big weapon for us,” Snead said Tuesday.
This is something he deserves as he’s the brightest young back in the league. Some would argue that when Carson Wentz went down with his knee injury, Gurley was thought to the league MVP. With the collection of talent the Rams possess, he could have a repeat performance this upcoming season. With the Rams signing Brandin Cooks to a long-term deal, the Los Angeles Rams is building towards a promising future.