On this day two years ago, Jared Goff and Todd Gurley were playing Super Bowl LIII with the Rams.
Gurley signed a $ 60 million four-year contract extension shortly before the 2018 regular season begins. Goff will sign a $ 134 million four-year extension in August 2019.
Now neither player will be with Los Angeles when the successful trade for Matthew Stafford is finalized at the start of the new league year in March.
It has been quite a notable breakthrough for both players over the past 24 months. Gurley was released last March and signed a one-year contract with the Falcons. He ran just 678 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games in 2020, the lowest yard total of his career.
As of 2019, Goff is second in the NFL with 38 freebies. Only Jameis Winston has more and didn’t start a game in 2020.
But during a Wednesday appearance on the NFL Network, Gurley gave his old team a bit of a blow when he faced the swap.
“Well, another situation where I wasn’t surprised again,” Gurley said, via NFL Media. “But you know, I like Goff, I like Goff, he’s a good guy. Nobody cares who is a good guy. I’m just glad he’ll be able to go somewhere and hope those guys welcome him with open arms and don’t judge him and let him play. There is a reason why he was the number 1 choice and he still has a lot of ball inside him. “
As Goff himself said, Gurley thinks the change could be a positive development for the 26-year-old quarterback.
“That could be a good thing for him, you know? Just add an extra chip on your shoulder, “said Gurley.” Many players like to play with chips on their shoulder, but it’s very different when you’re a franchise quarterback and take your team to the Super Bowl and two years later you’re in. another team. Like I told him, man, love him, you just want him to be happy and keep doing what you’re doing. “
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