In this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II carries against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Rams cut Gurley Thursday, March 19, 2020 several minutes before roughly $10 million in the three-time Pro Bowl selection's contract became fully guaranteed.
In this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II carries against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Rams cut Gurley Thursday, March 19, 2020 several minutes before roughly $10 million in the three-time Pro Bowl selection's contract became fully guaranteed.|Tony Avelar | Associated Press
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AP source: Atlanta Falcons agree to 1-year deal with Todd Gurley

Gurley was released by the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, minutes before $10.5 million in his contract became fully guaranteed.

Associated Press

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a one-year deal with three-time Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley.

The person told The Associated Press about the agreement on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal will not be official until Gurley passes a physical. The league isn’t allowing players to report to new teams immediately for those physicals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gurley will be making a return to the state of Georgia. He was a standout at the University of Georgia, rushing for more than 3,000 yards in three seasons.

The agreement with the 25-year-old Gurley comes less than a week after the Falcons released running back Devonta Freeman. Atlanta ranked only 30th in the NFL in rushing in 2019 and are hoping for a significant boost from Gurley.

Gurley was released by the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, minutes before $10.5 million in his contract became fully guaranteed.

Gurley has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three of his five seasons with the Rams. He ran for 857 yards in 15 games with the Rams last season. His average of 3.8 yards per carry was the second-lowest of his career.

Gurley, a 2015 first-round pick, signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Rams in June 2018, making him the league's highest-paid running back at the time. The deal included $45 million in guaranteed earning. Gurley was cut before even playing the first year of that extension.

The agreement with Gurley is the second significant move of free agency for the Falcons. The team addressed another pressing need by agreeing to a $48 million, three-year deal with outside linebacker Dante Fowler on Wednesday. Fowler is expected to boost the team's pass rush, a chronic weak spot.

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