If reports are correct, Todd Gurley has completely reset the market for running backs. Gurley and the Rams have apparently agreed on a four-year extension which will be tacked on to the two years he has remaining on his rookie deal. The deal will be worth $60 million including $45 million guaranteed. Even if you include Gurley's 2018 and 2019 seasons ($2.3 and $9.6 million), this will give him the highest annual contact value of any running back except for Le'Veon Bell on the franchise tag. By a LOT. If any running back is worth this kind of money, it may be Gurley, who will be getting paid right in the middle of his prime (ages 24-29) and has huge value in the passing game as a quality receiver and blocker. But... is any running back worth this kind of money? And what does this mean for David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, and Le'Veon Bell, who are all trying to get paid in the next couple years?
UPDATE: Gregg Rosenthal points out on NFL.com that the report is not $45 million guaranteed. It's $45 million in guarantees, which may or may not be voidable. So we need to wait for some more details on this before we know exactly how much definite money Gurley is getting.