Running back Todd Gurley's downfall over these last few seasons has now caused him to be without a team to call home for the 2021 season. The six-year pro seems to have some gas left in the tank and could bring a veteran presence to a squad looking to improve its backfield before Week 1 arrives.
Gurley certainly had a down year in 2020, but he received a strong rushing grade of 79.1 from ProFootballFocus as recently as 2019.
With that being said, here are three teams that should sign Gurley before the season begins.
1. New York Jets
The New York Jets seem to be the obvious choice here given the lack of experience currently in their backfield. Rookie fourth-round pick Michael Carter could see a majority of the work if he gets going, but the coaching staff seems content on riding the hot hand. If the team uses a rotational strategy, bringing Gurley wouldn't be a bad idea. The veteran ball-carrier owns a 72.3% catch percentage and could be a great dump-off option for quarterback Zach Wilson. Simply put, Gurley's talent soars over anything Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson or La'Michal Perine bring to the table.
2. Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon is the clear starting running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, but there is almost zero depth behind him. Backup Samaje Perine has scored just 5 touchdowns in a total of 44 games played and posted just 11 receptions last season. His lack of versatility makes the upside of signing Gurley that much higher for Cincinnati. Mixon missed 10 games due to injury last season and the Bengals struggled to run the football in his absence. Having Gurley waiting in the wings if something like that were to happen again acts as a cheap insurance option.
3. Los Angeles Chargers
Much like the Bengals, there is no starting competition in the backfield for the Los Angeles Chargers as Austin Ekeler has that spot locked down. However, his backups Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley were not able to fill in his shoes when he went down with an injury last season. In fact, they combined to average a low 3.7 yards per carry. Second-year quarterback Justin Herbert needs reliable players working alongside him and Gurley has a 2,000-yard season under his belt. It's worth a shot for the Chargers to see what the former All-Pro RB has to offer.
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