New Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley finally passes physical

By Vincent Frank
Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

More than two months after he signed with the Atlanta Falcons, former All-Pro running back Todd Gurley has finally passed his physical with the team. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this makes the deal 100% official.

Todd Gurley contract

Shortly after being released by the Los Angeles Rams during the spring, Gurley inked a one-year, $5.5 million contract with Atlanta. All $5.5 million of the deal is fully guaranteed, leading many to believe the Falcons are not too concerned about the running back’s injury history. Though, one of the team’s top coaches seems a bit concerned.

Todd Gurley injuries

There’s been lingering concerns about Gurley’s left knee. Some see the issue as a threat to derail a once-promising career. It’s the same knee that saw Gurley tear his ACL in college with Georgia. He’s pushed back against the sentiment that this could be a long-term problem.

“I didn’t tear my ACL last year. This was six years ago. So, just been able to maintain that and just keep going each year,” Gurley said after signing with the Falcons.

More than anything, the Rams’ decision to release Gurley was due to his bloated contract. It came less than two years after Los Angeles signed the former first-round pick to a four-year, $57.5 million contract.

As Schefter noted, the inability of teams to give new players physicals at their facilities during the ongoing pandemic played a role in the delay here. It’s said that Gurley took the physical at the office of the team physician.

Gurley, 25, put up 1,064 total yards with 14 touchdowns at a clip of 4.4 yards per touch last season. This came after he averaged nearly 2,000 total yards and 20 touchdowns over the previous two seasons. Atlanta is banking on him to be its starter this coming season.