The suspend isn’t killing me.

Here’s what an NFL coach had to say about his impression of Todd Gurley at the Combine:

“He is a natural leader. Of course, we’ve all seen him play. But he is better in person than anything I’ve seen or read from afar. That kind of person stands out. Some team is going to rightly give him every chance to get well and be as great as he can be.”

Yeah, that whole autograph thing really seems to have set him back at the next level.

The NFL doesn’t care about players making money – at least if it’s not on the NFL’s own dime.  Manziel was a first-round pick.  If not for the injury, Gurley would be a slam dunk first-rounder, too.  (He may still wind up there, even so.)  The pros just care if you can play.  Which is why the Gurleys and Manziels of the college football world get paid under the table.  Talk about your vicious circle.  Good luck with that, NCAA.

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39 responses to “The suspend isn’t killing me.

  1. ScoutDawg

    Man, I hope that kid gets everything he can. Money, fame, chicks, everything.

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  2. Yup, the NFL doesn’t care if kids get paid, as long as they don’t have to pay them in any permutation of a minor league system.

    Can’t wait to see what Gurley does in the pros.

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  3. WF dawg

    I seem to remember that the insurance policy on Gurley stipulated that Gurley be paid a certain amount (2.5M?) if he fell in the draft due to injury. Anyone know exactly how falling in the draft is quantified? I’m curious to see if he has any insurance money coming his way.

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    • reipar

      The loss of value portion of the policy was $5M. It is not all paid out if he drops in the draft, but rather he gets a portion of it for each round he drops. It has been said it does not kick in until he drops out of the first round.

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    • Al

      He gets $5 million if he doesn’t go in the first round and $10 million if he doesn’t get drafter at all.

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      • reipar

        I am pretty sure he does not get the full five for just slipping out of the first round per every article I have read. Additionally, that is not typically how these policies are written (although admittedly it has been a number of years since I dealt with them). They are usually a graduated amount for each round you drop until he gets the full five for not being drafted at all. Also the other 5 only kicks in if he never played again (total disability). Although what is total disability is a bit of an argument, which there is a PGA golfer fighting right now.

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    • WF dawg

      Thanks, guys. That’s helpful.

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  4. charlottedawg

    I may be showing my ignorance but why the hell does the NCAA care if Gurley or Johnnie make money on the side? If they star in a subway commercial it’s not like they’re earning revenue that otherwise would’ve gone to the NCAA. Star college players could make a bunch of money off endorsements alone without the schools paying a dime in compensation.

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    • You’re preaching to the choir on that one, brother.

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    • Joe Schmoe

      This is the argument I have been making forever. Letting the players trade on their own names and likenesses is the easiest way to deal with all of the money issues. The best players get paid the most, don’t have to worry about title IX, and the NCAA / schools get to keep the vast majority of the money they are making now. It would also undercut a lot of the motivation for the current legal issues facing the NCAA. It seems like the painfully obvious right move for the NCAA to make which is exactly why they will never do it.

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      • Trading on name & likeness and the full cost of attendance scholarship aren’t enough for Kessler and his antitrust lawsuit. He’s going to try to burn the whole system down.

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        • Joe Schmoe

          I just think the NCAA would have a much stronger defense against the other issues and also much more public support if it allowed the players to trade their own likenesses in addition to the full-cost schollies

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    • Mayor

      The NCAA institutionally thinks any money off a player’s likeness or notoriety should belong to the NCAA and member schools, and allowing the player to receive anything waters down the market so the NCAA and member universities receive less. Greed. Pure unadulterated greed. That’s the bottom line reason. Pretty disgusting if you ask me.

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      • Union Jack

        You forgot that the NCAA and the institution own the players likeness during the college years in perpetuity – which is how Alabama denied Tyrone Prothro a license to sell pictures of himself breaking his leg while in a Tide uniform. He was going to sell autographed photos of the play for money since he didn’t make the NFL,.

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  5. W Cobb Dawg

    Considering how poorly some of these teams evaluate talent (lookin at you dimitroff), you’d think somebody would pull the trigger and take him in the first round. Far too much upside to let him slide.

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    • playmakers in space

      Eh, I love Gurley and I think he will be a star in the NFL, but these days using a first round pick on a running back is rarely a sound strategy. The Patriots just proved that you can win it all with basically no running game at all. I think they picked up Blount off the street about mid-way through the season.

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        I guess picking RBs in later rounds is the recent strategy. But Gurley is the unusual talent that can break a game open whenever he gets his hands on the ball – running, catching, or returning. So if passing on Gurley is the strategy, I think he’s going to make a lot of GMs look pretty dumb.

        I personally don’t genuflect when I hear how smart these GMs are. The current wisdom has Winston going far ahead of ahead Gurley. You gotta be kidding me!

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        • Mayor

          History teaches us that the smart GMs in the successful organizations end up with the Gurleys of the draft even though they pick last or near last due to the winning records their teams post. What you are describing above, Westy, is the stupid NFL executive who is the GM at an Oakland, etc. They pass on the best players and draft ones that aren’t as good because of theories just like this. That’s why their teams lose.

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      • Yeah, but the reason they won is because Seattle stupidly DIDN’T use their stud RB to run the ball a few yards for the win.

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  6. AusDawg85

    Think it was Todd Staples who interviewed Jerry Jones of the Cowboys the other day. At the #27 pick, if Gurley is there and Dallas does not resign DeMarco Murrary, don’t be surprised to see Gurley lined-up behind one of the best O-lines in pro football.

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    • Mayor

      If that happens and Gurley’s knee heals completely, it would not surprise me to see Gurley rush for 2,000 yards his first season.

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  7. I read the article and got to the part about Landon Collins. No mention of the genius that is Kirby Smart …

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  8. Macallanlover

    The way TG handled autograph-gate may be the reason these teams are getting a deeper glance into his soul and recognizing the broader value of him as a teammate/leader. As the coach said, “we have all seen him play”, now he may have enhanced his value due to this faux pas with the silly collegiate rules on amateurism. But the questions of how he will recover from the ACL is still the black cloud above his head, as hard a worker as he is you would probably bet on him but Keith Marshall is also a dedicated worker and we don’t know the result yet. Wish Gurley the best in this draft, good guys should be rewarded for being a man of character like he demonstrated in 2014. He made a mistake but he never whined, and he tried his damnedest to make it up to his teammates for letting them down. I hate to see him in the same breath with Johnny Cash, two very different cats.

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  9. Irishdawg

    If Gurley slips to the second round, the Falcons should draft him for the ticket sales alone (they absolutely have to take a pass rusher with their first pick). Thousands of Dawg fans would pay to watch Gurley play in a different set of red and black.

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    • siskey

      I hope he doesn’t go to the Falcons. I think that he needs to go to a team that has a tradition of winning, a good quarterback and a natural grass field.

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      • Mayor

        See my post above. The Falcons are exactly the type of organization I was talking about when I said “stupid NFL executives.” Woe unto any really top flight player who gets stuck in that organization. Many a potential fine career got ruined in Suwanee.

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        • Mayor

          I am also reminded that the GM of the Falcons at the time, Frank Wall, passed on drafting Marcus Allen. When asked why he replied: “Marcus Allen has no burst.” Allen’s first season as a pro he led the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was named MVP of the Super Bowl. Stupid people always have a rationale for the stupid things they do. The fact that someone is stupid does not prevent somebody else who is stupid from putting him in a position of authority, too. Basically I just described the history of the Falcons under the Smiths. The history of the Falcons under Arthur Blank remains to be seen but except for a short period a couple of years ago it appears to be about the same.

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    • KornDawg

      Right there with ya. My daughter, 8, fell in love with Gurley this year. He’s her first “favorite” player, and she said she’s automatically going to be a fan of whichever team drafts him. She’s already a Falcons fan, so him going there would be awesome. But definitely go for a pass rusher first. I can’t believe my daughter actually gives a darn about the draft.

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      • Irishdawg

        I know the Falcon’s defense is a complete mess and needs a major talent infusion, but they would also be well served with a back of Gurley’s caliber. Steven Jackson is simply too worn out, and with Gurley’s ability to catch passes and block, I could see him being Ryan’s new safety valve, which he didn’t have after Gonzalez retired.

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  10. 3rdandGrantham

    If you’ll recall, multiple NFL scouts stated off the record that, when Gurley was suspended, he’s be best advised to sit out the remainder or the year, regardless of if/when he was reinstated.

    I passed along those sentiments here, and naturally many absolutely ripped such opinions, basically saying the alleged scouts had no clue what they’re talking about.

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  11. After he got hurt in the auburn game costing himself rehab time and probably a good bit of money I couldn’t help but think that after the suspension todd should have had a presser with his new agent and said “I’m out. Anyone need an autograph?” Mic drop, and go get in his new car and start prepping for the combine.

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