Todd Gurley Says Players Must Prepare for NFL Lockout in 2021

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 20, 2018

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley talks with reporters after off-season training at the NFL football team's practice facility in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Monday, April 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley thinks the NFL Players Association should be prepared for a lockout when the current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2020 season. 

Per Cameron DaSilva of the Rams Wire, Gurley explained the need for a unified front if the players are going to fight for more guaranteed money in their contracts. 

"For right now, we just need to come together and be prepared," he said. "You always have to be prepared. We'll just come together, pull up a couple different ideas and go on from there. You definitely always have to be prepared for certain situations."

This isn't the first time Gurley has suggested a lockout is possible if the NFL continues to hand out non-guaranteed contracts. 

"Considering football's level of brute, immanent physicality, high turnover as well as the short life cycle of its participants, it would seem to me that NFL players are in the most need of fully guaranteed contracts," Gurley told TMZ Sports on July 5. 

Gurley has also cited the amount of money NBA players make on their deals compared to what NFL players receive. 

"Us NFL players, we're just mad about NBA contracts right now, that's all," the Rams star told Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. "I just want like $80 million. Those guys are getting like $150 [million]. It's crazy. It's insane."

Per ESPN's Darren Rovell, the NFL split more than $8 billion in revenue between its 32 teams in 2017. During the 2016-17 NBA season, revenue reached a record $7.37 billion. 

Despite generating more revenue than the NBA, the combined salaries for the 10-highest paid NFL players in 2018 is $253,132,333. The top-10 NBA players by salary will earn a combined $300,240,000 next season. 

The NFL's last lockout was in 2011 and lasted four months before a new CBA was agreed upon. The biggest changes involved players needing at least four years of experience to hit unrestricted free agency and a rookie salary structure.