Todd Gurley is in no mood. The Pro Bowl running back is giving his former employer, the Los Angeles Rams, until June 1 to pay him the $5 million he’s owed. If they don’t, things might take a turn for the ugly.
“I still ain’t got my money, so it’s really, forget the Rams right now. I don’t even care about them,” said Gurley, who joined the Falcons on a one-year deal shortly after the Rams cut him. “I told my ex-teammates that they can’t even text me or call me until I get my money. As soon as I get my money, then I’ll be cool with everybody else.”
Gurley isn’t the only ex-player the Rams have hung out to dry. Clay Matthews recently filed a grievance against his former team, seeking $2 million in back pay. GM Les Snead has said both players will receive their money, though Gurley has seen no evidence of that.
“I don’t know what their reason is,” said Gurley during a recent podcast appearance on Uninterrupted. “All I know is, come June 1st, I better have my money.” The 25-year-old is rightfully frustrated at the Rams withholding his money, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be filing a grievance with the league.
“The thing is, right now the grievances are on hold. So the team would have to set that meeting up. So they’ve kind of got the upper-hand right now because they know all this COVID stuff is going on,” said Gurley, who Los Angeles kicked to the curb just two years into a four-year, $60-million contract. “I shouldn’t have to negotiate my money when it’s already written.”
With Gurley no longer in the fold, the Rams, who will be debuting a new stadium in a few months time, will likely employ a committee backfield featuring some combination of Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson and second-round rookie Cam Akers. Gurley, on the other hand, will be looking for a fresh start after posting a career-low 857 rushing yards in 2019. Joining Atlanta was a no-brainer for Gurley, who starred at nearby University of Georgia before he made it big in the NFL.
They say time heals all wounds. I don’t know if that’s true, but a cool $5 million would probably do the trick.