Todd Gurley is borrowing a line from Rod Tidwell following his release from the Rams: “Show me the money!”
The former Los Angeles running back agreed to a one-year deal with the Falcons this offseason, but he’s still waiting for the Rams to pay him a sizable chunk of change from his previous contract. Gurley was initially owed $7.55 million, but because of offsetting language in his contract with the Rams, the team doesn’t have to pay $2.5 million, leaving $5 million Gurley has yet to receive.
And until he sees that money hit his account, Gurley isn’t talking to anyone in the organization — even his old teammates.
“It’s really forget the Rams right now. I don’t even care about them,” Gurley told Jimmy Spencer on the “Uninterrupted” podcast. “I told my ex-teammates that they can’t even text me or call me until I get my money. As soon as I get my money, then I’ll be cool with everybody else.”
When asked whether he had been given a reason for the delay, Gurley couldn’t offer a concrete explanation.
“I don’t know what their reason is. The worst thing about it is, they know they have pay me too,” Gurley said. “It’s just like — apparently, probably just using the COVID [pandemic] as an excuse. They probably ain’t go no money to be paying nobody. They’ve got that stadium being built right now. All I know is, come June 1, I better have my money.”
Rams general manager Les Snead told NFL Network last month that Gurley and Clay Matthews, who was also released by the team, are “definitely” owed money and will be paid. Gurley and Matthews had previously tweeted their frustrations with their contract situations.
Matthews recently filed a grievance against the team for the $2 million he is owed, but Gurley is not planning on going down the same road. He believes a grievance will only extend the timeline.
“They kind of got the upper hand right now because they know all this COVID stuff is going on,” Gurley said. “So, it wouldn’t make sense for me to file a grievance because this spring case won’t get heard until next spring. And then once you file a grievance, that just puts everything on hold. So it doesn’t even make sense for me to even file a grievance right now.”
Maybe Gurley should just hire Jerry Maguire to figure this thing out?