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The Los Angeles Rams decided to move on from Todd Gurley. The Rams needed to decide before an additional $10.5 million of his contract became fully guaranteed at 4 p.m. ET Thursday. After shopping him around the league, no trade materialized, leading to the release. The Rams signed Gurley to a four year, $57.5 million extension in 2018, two years before his previous deal was set to expire. L.A. still owes Gurley a $7.55 million roster bonus for this season and leaves a dead money hit of $20.15 million on the salary cap. A portion of the roster bonus ($2.5 million) is subject to offsets if Gurley signs elsewhere. After signing the extension coming off winning Offensive Player of the Year, Gurley rushed for 1,251 yards with 17 TDs in 2018, but knee troubles were already beginning. The running back missed the final two games of that season and saw his play heavily curtailed as the Rams ran to the Super Bowl. Questions swirled regarding Gurley's knee issue last offseason and were not quieted during the 2019 campaign. Tthe running back's snaps were slashed for stretches and he was much less effective. Two years after the deal the Rams clearly regret at this point, having paid $34.5 million for two seasons.
Perennial Pro Bowl wide out DeAndre Hopkins has been traded to the Arizona Cardinals for as Michael Irving so eloquently put it a"Ham Sandwich". The entire trade and grades shake out as such. Houston gets, RB David Johnson, a 2020 second round pick, and a 2021 fourth round pick. Arizona Cardinals receive WR DeAndre Hopkins, 2020 fourth round pick. Cardinals grade: A- ,Texans grade: F this trade is downright terrible for Houston in so many ways. They shipped out their second most valuable player who is still in the prime of his career and somehow didn't get a first round draft pick for him. It has to be assumed that the Texans will be drafting multiple wide receivers and possibly signing one of the remaining free agents. Because going into the upcoming season with often injured Will Fuller and Kenny Stills as the top two receiving options is insanity. Bill O'Brein once again appears to be in way over his head as the general manager of an NFL team. With all of that being said, well done Cardinals specifically general manager Steve Keim. Unloading a terrible contract attached to a 28 year old runningback and getting a top 3 NFL receiver in return is robbery. This exact trade would be vetoed in nine times out of ten in any dynasty league.
Some huge names changed teams this week especially at the quarterback position. Tom Brady will be throwing to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard in Tampa Bay. Phillip Rivers will be moving his colony of children to Indianapolis as he agreed to terms on a one year deal. Teddy Bridgewater got paid huge money to be the new starting quarterback in Carolina with a three year 63 million dollar contract. Speaking of the Panthers Cam Newton is also looking for a landing spot as he is no longer in the Carolina Panthers future plans. Nick Foles was traded to Chicago th put some pressure on Mitch Trubisky. Both Tennessee starting quarterbacks from last season signed on the dotted line as well, Ryan Tannehill will be returning to the Titans on a 4 year 118 million dollar deal. While Marcus Mariota will be backing up Derek Carr in Vegas hoping for a career resurgence with a new team. Jameis Winston remains an unsigned free agent. Fun fact Winston was credited with 27 dropped interceptions last season, to go along with his league leading 30 interceptions. He easily could have thrown 50 interceptions in a single season, that is mind blowing. It would not surprise me if he is potentially a permanent backup quarterback with some upside in the right circumstane.
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