Todd Gurley Cut: NFL Players, Twitter Reacts to Shock Release of Rams Star

Nothing ever stands still in the NFL, as Todd Gurley discovered Thursday when he was surprisingly cut from the Los Angeles Rams.

The NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2017, Gurley made history the following season when he became the highest-paid running back in NFL history, penning a four-year deal worth $60 million, which included $45 million guaranteed.

Facing a challenging salary cap situation, the Rams had looked to trade the 25-year-old for weeks, but with no appealing offers forthcoming they opted to bite the bullet and cut the three-time Pro Bowl selection. The franchise had to decide before a deadline of 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, after which an additional $10.5 million of Gurley's contract would become fully guaranteed. While the Rams saved that amount, releasing Gurley came at a steep price with $20.1 million in dead-cap money — the second-highest in NFL history.

News of the move came as a shock to Gurley, who appeared to find the humor in the situation by suggesting Netflix may help him overcome the news and through the lockdown restrictions being enforced because of the coronavirus outbreak.

"Got fired on my day off," the running back wrote on Twitter.

Other Rams players weren't as philosophical in their reaction. Start pass rusher Aaron Donald posted to Twitter an angry emoji, while cornerback Jalen Ramsey and safety Marqui Christian echoed the surprise of many and simply tweeted "Wow."

NFL analyst and two-time Super Bowl champion Deion Sanders, meanwhile, urged Gurley to look forward to his next team and not dwell on being cut and Stefon Diggs got the rumor mill going with a series of tweets.

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Vikings traded Diggs to the Buffalo Bills and the star wideout had a very cryptic response for Gurley. Of course, the duo may have been discussing their favorite TV series on Netflix, but the NFL being the NFL, it didn't take long for fans to speculate Diggs was trying to lure the former Los Angeles Rams star to New York.

Selected with the 10th overall pick of the 2015 draft, Gurley leaves the Rams with the joint-most rushing touchdowns in Rams history. The former Georgia alumni was a crucial part of the Rams' explosive offense that led the team to Super Bowl LIII, rushing for 1,251 yards and a league-high 21 touchdowns over the course of the season.

Gurley, however, missed the final two regular season games of the campaign with a knee injury, before rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional round. He was never the same after that performance, rushing for 13 yards against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game and for 35 yards as the Rams lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Gurley's limited involvement in Super Bowl LIII fueled speculations over his fitness, which both him and Rams head coach Sean McVay sought to dispel throughout last season, in which the running back rushed for a career-low 857 yards as the Rams finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs.

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Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Rams released the star running back earlier this week. Sean M. Haffey/Getty
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