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.
Todd Gurley’s one-year contract with the #Falcons — signed today, pending physical — includes a $2 million signing bonus, $3.5M fully guaranteed base salary and $500K in incentives. The #Rams still owe him another $5.05M, the portion of a gtd roster bonus not covered by offsets.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 6, 2020
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.
Regarding the incentives: Gurley gets the full $500K with 13 TDs or 1,000 rushing yards, I’m told. Very reachable.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 7, 2020
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.