Ex-Rams Todd Gurley, Clay Matthews: Team owes us money

Former Los Angeles Rams Todd Gurley and Clay Matthews said on Twitter Tuesday the team owes them some back-pay.

Gurley, who finalized a deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, tweeted: “@RamsNFL
past due. Send me money ASAP.” Veteran linebacker Clay Matthews, retweeted Gurley and added: “You and me both TG! ? Better get some interest with that too”

The Rams told ESPN they believe they are in full compliance with the language in the players’ contracts. The team declined to comment to the website.

According to NFL Network, Gurley’s one-year contract with the Falcons includes a $2 million signing bonus, $3.5 million fully guaranteed base salary and $500,000 in incentives. Matthews remains a free agent.

Gurley, who helped lead the Rams to a Super Bowl appearance in 2018, was released by Los Angeles less than two years after they signed him to a four-year, $60 million extension that included $45 million in guarantees and was slowed last season because of knee issues.

Todd Gurley and Clay Matthews
Todd Gurley and Clay MatthewsAP; Getty Images

According to ESPN, the Rams designated his release as post-June 1. It allows Los Angeles to spread the dead-money cap charges of $11.75 million over two seasons, and means that on June 2 the Rams also will have $5.5 million in cap savings.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said recently that he is not concerned Gurley’s knee issues will cause a problem between the team and their new running back.

“We looked closely at it. We have language our contracts that will protect us and the player,” Dimitroff said in a conference call with Falcons reporters.

When it comes to Matthews, Los Angeles saved $3.75 million in salary-cap space by cutting Matthews, according to ESPN.

Following the Rams’ call to cut Gurley, the team owed him a $7.55 million roster bonus, and because of offset language in Gurley’s contract, they do not have to pay him $2.5 million of what is owed, according to the website.

Matthews, who played 10 seasons with the Green Bay Packers before joining the Rams last season, was due a fully guaranteed $2 million roster bonus, but his deal also has offsetting language for $2 million, the report said.

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