Todd Gurley, running back
A former Offensive Player of the Year on the open market is nothing to shake a stick at. Considering Gurley’s health issues of late, this would be a one-year flyer (think Le’Veon Bell last season). Taking into consideration the Chiefs improved offensive line, and the lack of depth around Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs could find some valuable platoon depth in Gurley.
Gurley has rushed for almost 700 yards in every season of his career and could be with CEH what Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams were to Green Bay last season, a combined 1,600-yard rushing game behind Rodgers’ MVP passing attack. The Chiefs would be in good hands if CEH and Gurley could imitate that production.
Considering Gurley’s 1-year, $5.5 million dollar deal with Atlanta season, the natural trend means he could be signed for that or less. Ideally, the Chiefs would want to create some platoon consistency after the failed Bell experiment, signing Gurley to something like a 1-year, $3 million dollar deal would be well within the Chiefs’ wheelhouse.
While signing Gurley doesn’t seem like a stretch for this offense, where does that leave Darrel Williams in the mix? Finishing last season with less than 200 scrimmage yards, many believe Williams is destined for a larger offensive role backing up CEH, and adding Gurley would throw a wrench in that.
A committee approach to the running back position could lead off with Edwards-Helaire and go with the hot hand after that. There’s no such thing as too much depth when it comes to running back.