What we do know is that $45 million is guaranteed, which is the largest guaranteed contract given to a running back in NFL history. He will also receive a $20 million signing bonus, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gurley's per year average is also the largest for any running back, which caught the attention of Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell not only congratulated Gurley on social media, but also added "lol and ppl thought I was trippin." That is referencing him and the Steelers failing to reach a deal, which lead to his agent claiming that this upcoming season will be his last with the team.
The 23-year-old Gurley was already locked in with the Rams through the 2019 campaign with his rookie deal, which had him making $9.63 million with his fifth-year option. He was selected fifth overall out of Georgia in 2015 and was named NFL Rookie of the Year that season after rushing for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns. Following a tough second year during the Rams' 4-12 season, he bounced back big time with 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season. He also caught 64 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns. That all lead to him getting named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year.
Gurley is the second Rams' playmaker that has been paid this off-season, as recently-acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks was given a five-year, $80 million extension last week. The team is expected to pay defensive star Aaron Donald at some point as well, but there are no reports on any major progressions in those talks. The Rams will open up the season on Monday Night Football against the Jon Gruden-led Oakland Raiders on September 10th.