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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the news.
Rapoport added that the Rams also had the option for Cornerback Marcus Peters in 2019. The team acquired him in a March trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for a fourth round draft pick in 2018 and a second round selection next year.
Prior to the 2017 season, there may have been a debate over whether the Rams Gurley should commit beyond 2018. He came from a second campaign in which he ran for 885 yards and six touchdowns on 278 Carries. He was the penultimate in yards per attempt (3.2).
Gurley responded by being an all-pro first-team in 2017. He not only ran for 1,305 yards and a league-leading 13 touchdowns, but he also caught 64 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns. His 2,093 yards of scrimmage were the most in the NFL.
Gurley finished as the runner-up in the MVP picking quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.
Based on his performance alone, the Gurleys 2019 triggering option seemed like a foregone conclusion. More importantly, it allows Los Angeles to kick the can for a long-term deal.
The Rams have enough defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who will be a limited free agent after the 2018 season. Now that Gurley's option has been removed, General Manager Les Snead can concentrate more on finding an extension for Donald.
Of course, Los Angeles must address Gurley's next contract and lucrative expansions For elite running backs, this can be difficult – something the Pittsburgh Steelers find out.
Le & Veon Bell is one of the best players in the NFL, so he is more than justified in pursuing a contract that would distinguish him as such. At the same time, the Steelers understandably hesitate to give him too much money.
Running Backs usually does not age gracefully, which is a factor in Bell's value, though he's only 26. The Steelers have announced in March they used the franchise day on Bell for a second year in a row, which does not necessarily solve the situation.
The Rams will have a similar dilemma with Gurley when his rookie deal expires. But it does not have to be an immediate concern for the Los Angeles Front Office, especially as Gurley is under the team's control for another two years.