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Todd Gurley’s one-year deal, pending physical, includes $5.5 million guaranteed, $500k in performance incentives

The new lead back is getting paid.

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Todd Gurley is making over $10 million in 2020 but that is not all from the Falcons. We finally have the former Rams and Bulldogs back’s salary numbers even though he has yet to take a physical.

First reported as a $5 million deal, Gurley’s deal actually appears to be worth between $5.5 to $6 million, and is nearly entirely guaranteed. Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network has the specifics.

What is surprising about this is both the amount of guaranteed money, and the fact that Gurley has both a signing bonus and a guaranteed base salary on a one-year deal. The Falcons have likely signed Gurley to a two-year deal with a voidable second year, pushing half of that signing bonus into 2021.

That is not a big move but very helpful for a team in such a problematic financial hole. That extra space, if there is indeed a voidable year, can help land an extra veteran.

The incentive structure will determine if there is concern about Gurley’s health or performance. Per Pelissero, Gurley does not seem worried about his playing availability.

The incentives look good for the Falcons. Obviously, if he misses time, he will unlikely reach those incentives. The last time the Falcons had a running back with anywhere near those numbers was 2016. If Gurley hits either of those numbers, he was worth the deal.

If our guess is right on the voidable year two, Gurley will count $4.5 million again the cap until/if he hits his incentives.