One of the most-perplexing situations in the NFL right now is what to make of the situation in Los Angeles. The Rams owned one of the best players in the NFL at the height of his greatness - Todd Gurley - and rewarded him with a four-year, $57.5 million contract. And right when they needed him the most, he fell apart.
LA signed CJ Anderson on December 18th last season and he promptly became the starter the following Sunday. He carried the team over the last two weeks of the regular season and into the playoffs.
Why would a team’s prized running back be allowed to sit on the bench when they need him the most? Whispers about his health crept up and doubts about his ability to remain healthy emerged. What happened this off-season is telling of what to expect in 2019 and beyond.
A lot of people may have forgotten, but Malcolm Brown, the original backup to Todd Gurley, suffered a season-ending clavicle injury in December just prior to Anderson’s arrival. At the end of the season, Brown agreed to a two year deal with the Detroit Lions, only to have that deal matched by the Los Angeles Rams immediately.
Why did the Rams move so fast to retain Brown? Did they know something nobody else did? Was Gurley’s knee even worse than everyone had assumed? This only led to more unanswered questions.
During the 2019 NFL Draft, the Rams traded two late third-round picks (90th and 99th overall) for the 70th overall pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the pick, they took a runner - Darrell Henderson from Memphis. Even more rumors began to swirl about Gurley’s health, and now we find ourselves in fantasy chaos with no answers in sight.