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By Fred Altieri
Sports Reporter 

Rams Sign Gurley, But Still Have Problems

 


The Los Angeles Rams took another big step in becoming an NFL championship threat on Tuesday as they agreed to a four-year extension contract with running back Todd Gurley. The reported $60-million deal secures Gurley with the team through the 2023 season.

Rams General Manager Les Snead and Head Coach Sean McVay addressed the signing, other developments and the start of the team’s training camp that has just opened in Irvine.

“Like Les mentioned, we were able to agree to an extension with Todd, and what a special player he is," McVay said. "I think last year’s production isn’t really a reflection of the value that he [Gurley] provides because he did such a great job, but he’s so much more than that to our team.”

The signing comes barely one week after the Rams announced the signing of off-season acquisition wide receiver Brandin Cooks to a five-year contract worth $80 million. The Rams traded their 23rd overall pick in the 2018 draft and a sixth round pick to the New England Patriots earlier this year.

The big question looming over the Rams is the ongoing negotiations to sign NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, who is in the final season of his rookie contract. The defensive tackle Donald sat out last season’s training camp and exhibition schedule, did not play in the season opener but still managed to prove that he is one of the premier defensive players in the NFL.

Donald, though, didn't show up to register for training camp's reporting deadline on July 25--suggesting that he's going to hold-out for a second year. He wants to renegotiate a raise for the final year of his rookie contract, which already guarantees him about $6.7 million, sports network ESPN reports.

 

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