Rams Release Gurley, Matthews

Jonathan Grant | March 20th, 2020

The NFL offseason wheel just keeps on turning. We’ve had big trades and big free agent moves, and that kept up on Thursday. This time around, though, it was all about which players would not be returning to their current teams. The Los Angeles Rams made quite the splash as they released a pair of stars in the form of running back Todd Gurley and linebacker Clay Matthews. Both players are former Pro Bowl selections, albeit the decision to ‘cut’ Gurley is particularly shocking given that he is just 26 years old.

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Despite that fact, however, some believe he has hit the highest of heights in his career, with last season proving to be by far his worst so far. That followed up a poor end of the season the year prior in which Gurley was hardly a factor in the playoff run for the Rams. As for Matthews, it’s another big name and thus a big move to get rid of him. He is 33 at this point, so it could also be argued that his best is now behind him. The Rams were forced into making the moves due to having limited cap space due to decisions made in the last couple of years. Those included giving quarterback Jared Goff a big extension and signing defensive tackle Aaron Donald to a massive deal as well. We will see if this ‘rebuild’ helps or hinders them going into the new season.

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