THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams have released running back Todd Gurley, the team announced Thursday.

The Rams made the former NFL Offensive Player of the Year the highest-paid running back in NFL history before the 2018 season, awarding him a four-year, $60 million extension, that included $45 million in guarantees. At the time of the extension, Gurley had two seasons remaining on his rookie contract.

The transaction is accompanied by a heavy cost.

The Rams will absorb a $20.15 million dead-money hit if he was released with a pre-June 1 designation. They will save $2.9 in salary cap space.

With a post-June 1 designation, Gurley’s dead money cost will amount to $11.75 million and the team will save $5.5 million in salary cap space.

The Rams can spread the dead-money hit over the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

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