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Detroit Lions coach confirms interest in Todd Gurley

Oct 25, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley II (21) attempts to prevent a tackle by Detroit Lions linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit coach Dan Campbell confirmed the Lions’ interest in free agent running back Todd Gurley on Thursday.

Gurley, a former All-Pro and three-time 1,000-yard rusher, visited with the Lions last week.

“Look, we have interest in Todd. We do, and we’re talking with he and his agent. … We have interest in him,” Campbell said. “But I would say this: Just because we have interest in him, that does not affect our feeling and our thoughts on both (D’Andre) Swift and Jamaal (Williams). It does not.

“I think if we could do it sooner than later, we would like to, but look, we’re not gonna set a deadline on it,” he added. “We do, we have interest in the guy, but that’s kind of where it is right now.”

Gurley played last season in Atlanta after a five-year stint with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. Signing with Detroit would reunite Gurley with former Rams quarterback Jared Goff and general manager Brad Holmes, who was the Rams’ director of college scouting when the team took Gurley No. 10 overall in the 2015 draft.

The Lions signed Williams in the offseason and drafted Swift — who played at Georgia, like Gurley — in the second round in 2020. Detroit also picked Jermar Jefferson in the seventh round of last month’s draft.

Gurley, 26, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro who has rushed for 6,082 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and 67 touchdowns. He also has 243 career receptions for 2,254 yards and 12 receiving TDs.

He started 15 games for the Falcons in 2020, rushing for 678 yards and nine TDs.

–Field Level Media