Todd Gurley's rumor mill starts up again.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network said "NFL Live" on Thursday that "all options are on the table" when it comes to the future of the 25-year-old with the Los Angeles Rams.
"With everything that happened this season, the focus is so much on Gurley, whether he was used correctly, whether he was not, his knee – all of these things have to be concretized somehow," said Rapoport.
"What I'm told what the Rams want to do and what coach Sean McVay specifically wants to do is sit down with Gurley before a decision is made. This will likely happen before you decide how to deal with someone. Who has been the best in the NFL at times?
Choosing the first round of the 2015 Georgia NFL Draft has been a controversial issue since joining the NFL. After an excellent rookie year, Gurley struggled with a knee injury in his second season. He recovered in 2017 and was named NFL offensive player of the year.
Before the 2018 season, he signed a four-year, $ 57.5 million contract with the Rams that included a $ 21 million signing bonus and a $ 45 million guarantee, according to Spotrac. The blockbuster contract made him the highest paid running back in the NFL.
Gurley was named his third Pro Bowl in 2019, but his stake waned toward the end of the season, especially in the Super Bowl defeat against the Patriots.
In the off-season, Gurley was found to have arthritis in the same knee when he suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in college.
Gurley split with Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson Jr. in the 2019 season and ended the season with 223 rush attempts and 847 rapids, the lowest of his career in both categories.
Gurley's 2020 cap hit is $ 17.25 million with a $ 12.6 million dead cap.
"Obviously, this is not an easy decision," said Rapoport. “Shortening it just to save money would be something that, although theoretically possible, would be extremely difficult in terms of the upper limit. … If they did it before June 1st, it would be astronomical.
“It would be more possible to act on him. Obviously, they would still hold on to the limit, but alleviate some of the cash problems. "
The Rams are expected to make a decision before mid-March when Gurley's $ 7.55 million roster bonus is due per Rapoport.