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RBs on the move: Gurley to the Falcons; Gordon to Denver; Brunskill signs his tender

It didn’t take long for the running back to find a new home

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Running back Todd Gurley found a new home quickly, signing a one-year deal worth $6 million with the Atlanta Falcons.

The 25-year-old won NFC Offensive Player of the Year back in 2017 and was rewarded with a new contract making him the highest-paid running back in 2018.

Gurley spent five seasons with the Rams and was widely regarded as one on of the top running backs in the league before a knee injury slowed him down towards the end of the 2018 season.

The Broncos also agreed to terms with running back Melvin Gordon on a two-year deal worth $16 million. The Chargers offered more last year, before Gordon’s protracted holdout. Gordon is now the fourth-highest paid running back in the NFL at $8 million annually, not counting the tags that were applied to Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake.

The Rams continue to reshape their roster. The team has made some significant changes this off-season, including; releasing linebacker Clay Matthews and letting go of defensive lineman Michael Brockers, linebackers Dante Fowler Jr. and Cory Littleton, as well as corner Nickell Robey-Coleman.

With all of these changes, I don’t see the Rams being a contender in the NFC West next season. They don’t have the depth of the Niners and don’t have enough to keep up with the other playoff contenders in the conference.

With the first few days of free agency in the books, how do you see the NFC West shaking out next season?

This was a formality, as the 49ers signed ERFA Daniel Brunskill on March 5, but Brunskill signed his tender on Friday. There was never any risk of Brunskill departing since he couldn’t negotiate with other teams. Don’t be surprised if he is the starter at right guard in 2020.