Dolphins Sign Veteran Running Back Sony Michel to a 1-Year Deal

Sony MIchel with the New England Patriots in August 2021.
Sony MIchel with the New England Patriots in August 2021. Photo by Eric Canha/CSM/Shutterstock (12251754n)

The Miami Dolphins continue adding to their backfield under new head coach Mike McDaniel. The most recent running back to head to Miami will be veteran Sony Michel, who joins the franchise on a one-year deal.

Michel, who is coming off a Super Bowl-winning run with the LA Rams, will reportedly earn $2.1 million in 2022.

Michel played all 17 games with the Rams last season, including seven starts. He rushed for 845 yards and four touchdowns while also making 21 receptions for 128 yards and a TD. However, Michel’s role was diminished in the postseason, where he only got 24 carries in three games.

In Miami, Michel could see an expanded role thanks to McDaniel’s reputation of favoring the running game. Also, the new Dolphins’ head coach comes after serving as an assistant under the San Francisco 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, who is known for getting creative with his backs. Michel is expected to compete for carries with two other RB additions this offseason; Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds.

Sony Michel entered the league in 2018 as the first-round pick by the New England Patriots. However, his stint in New England was hampered by injuries and inconsistency, resulting in 2,292 rushing yards and 14 TDs over the course of three years. As a result, the Pats traded him to the Rams for a fifth and sixth-rounder ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

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