Report: Falcons, Dolphins showed most interest in Todd Gurley before release

By Matt Johnson
Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Before the Los Angeles Rams released Todd Gurley on Thursday afternoon, they shopped him across the NFL. The Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons showed the most interest in Gurley during trade discussions, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and could be teams to watch in free agency.

The Falcons moved on from their own Pro Bowl running back this offseason. Atlanta released Devonta Freeman this week and will be in the market for a starting running back for the 2020 season.

While Freeman played high school football in North Carolina, he became a star with the Georgia Bulldogs. The 25-year-old could view the Falcons as an opportunity to remain a featured running back and it would also allow him to return to the state where his football career really blossomed. However, the Falcons only have roughly $2 million in cap space, per Spotrac.

The Dolphins reportedly signed former Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard to a two-year deal this week. However, the contract is only worth $10 million total and Miami’s front office still has plenty of cap space to use this offseason.

Gurley could potentially land a more lucrative deal in Miami. It could also give him the chance to join a team that is on the rise and could draft Tua Tagovailoa with a top-five pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

While Gurley just hit the open market, it won’t be long before his phone starts ringing with offers.