‘Fired on my day off’: NFL star’s hilarious reaction to brutal $104m call

The Rams have freed Todd Gurley, and he was able to laugh it off.

Pro Football Talk reported on Thursday that “the Rams are currently in discussions regarding a possible trade of Gurley,” but while all signs pointed to the RB being dealt elswhere, the Los Angeles franchise instead just released him from his contract on Friday morning.

He signed a blockbuster four-year, $60 million ($104m AUD) contract extension with $45 million ($78.1m AUD) guaranteed in 2018, which made him the highest-paid running back in the NFL at the time.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted that Gurley would have earned $10.5 million ($18.2m AUD) if he remained on the Rams’ roster.

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Running back Todd Gurley is now up for grabs.Source: AFP

“Damn I got fired on my day off,” Gurley tweeted after being released.

Gurley was selected 10th overall by the Rams in the 2015 NFL Draft.

He rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns in his rookie season, earning him the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

After a lacklustre sophomore season, the former Georgia Bulldog was awarded the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.

Gurley signed a monster deal with the Rams as the highest-paid running back at the time. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

The three-time Pro Bowler was held out of the final two games of the 2018 season due to knee inflammation and was used sparingly in a playoff run to the Super Bowl, prompting concerns about his long-term durability.

Gurley also suffered a torn ACL during his junior year at Georgia.

In his absence, backup C.J. Anderson stepped in and produced respectable numbers.

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In 2019, the Rams utilised a three-back committee consisted of Gurley, Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson.

Gurley finished the season with 857 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

He carries a 2020 cap hit of $17.25 million with a dead-cap hit of $12.6 million, according to Spotrac.

Part of this article first appeared in The New York Post.



New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the first person from the National Football League known to have contracted the disease.

Payton said he is feeling tired but resting at home after going into self quarantine.

“I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I’m lucky,” Payton told ESPN.

Payton said he began feeling unwell on Sunday and got tested the next day. It took three days for the results to come back positive.

Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints.Source: AFP

About 80 percent of those with the disease develop a fever and cough, but Payton said so far he has not shown any signs of those symptoms.

Payton said he hopes younger people would listen to expert advice and stay indoors.

“Younger people feel like they can handle this, but they can be a carrier to someone who can’t handle it,” Payton told ESPN. “So we all need to do our part. It’s important for every one of us to do our part.

“This is not just about social distancing. It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks,” he said.

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“If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it.

“Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact.”

Payton did not say where or how he was able to get access to testing.