1. Rams cut Gurley, who signs with Falcons
The move: Pretty much a financial decision, with the Rams saving $10.5 million by cutting him. Gurley’s left knee is a big worry and the LA brass decided he wasn’t worth the risk. Despite some conjecture that he would join Tom Brady in Tampa, Gurley decided to return to Georgia, where he went to college.
What it means: The Falcons get themselves a back with a nose for the end zone and who won’t be asked to do too much. But his knee is a legitimate concern. The Rams save themselves some money, and in a super competitive division – with powerful San Francisco and Seattle as well as upcoming Arizona – LA needed to make a tough call.
Damn I got fired on my day off😂 #QuaratineAndChill
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) March 19, 2020
2. Dak Prescott & Amari Cooper Re-up
The move: Dallas made two big moves here, one by signing wide receiver Cooper to a 5-year, $100 million dollar deal and the other by putting the ‘exclusive franchise tag’ on starting quarterback Dak Prescott.
What it means: Signing Cooper, one of the most reliable receivers in the league, was always on the cards, considering that owner Jerry Jones is his biggest supporter. Putting the franchise tag on Prescott ensures that he’ll play for the Cowboys in 2020, but unless he and the club can agree on a long-term deal, he could look elsewhere in 2021.
3. Bears get Nick Foles
The move: Two years after he led the Eagles to the Super Bowl, Foles moves from the Jaguars to the Bears.
What it means: The pressure is on incumbent Mitch Tribusky, who is talented but inconsistent. Depending on what happens in training camp, Foles gives the Bears either a talented backup or a proven winner as starter.
4. Broncos sign Gordon, release Flacco
The move: Denver releases veteran quarterback Joe Flacco and takes a chance on running back Melvin Gordon, who was unhappy with the Chargers, to a 2-year, $16 million contract.
What it means: Gordon was inconsistent last season after returning from a holdout, but he is a strong, solid runner who will complement the speedy Philip Lindsay in the Bronco backfield. As for Flacco, he turned out to be a bust, with second-year man Drew Lock the starter.
5. Emmanuel Sanders to the Saints
The move: New Orleans signs the veteran wide receiver to a 2-year, $16 million deal.
What it means: Sanders went to the Super Bowl with the 49ers and was valued as a precise route runner and a mentor to younger receivers. Should fit well into the Saints’ offense as the #2 receiver behind Michael Thomas.
Emmanuel Sanders had appealing NFC options. Sanders spoke with the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, but preferred to wind up with the New Orleans Saints, where he land d a two-year, $16 million deal worth up to $19 million.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2020