Patriots pick up Isaiah Wynn’s fifth-year option, likely to decline Sony Michel’s

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The Patriots had a pair of first-round picks in 2018 and it looks like they’ve made different decisions about what to do with their fifth-year options on both contracts.

According to multiple reports, they have exercised their option on left tackle Isaiah Wynn‘s deal for the 2022 season. The 23rd overall pick of the 2018 draft now has a guaranteed salary of $10.413 million.

Wynn has started every game he’s played over the last two seasons, but he’s only played 18 of them due to injuries. He missed his rookie season with a torn Achilles.

While Wynn is set to stick around for two more years, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots will likely decline running back Sony Michel‘s option. He would be guaranteed $4.523 million if it is exercised.

5 responses to “Patriots pick up Isaiah Wynn’s fifth-year option, likely to decline Sony Michel’s

  1. I can’t say that Sony was a big disappointment because I never expected much of him in the first place.

  2. That was somewhat expected. Wynn has struggled with injuries, but he has played well at LT when he has been on the field, and good LTs are not easy to find. Pats are obviously hoping he can stay in the game now.

    I think Michel is a better RB than many give him credit for, but it is far easier to find good enough RBs than LTs.

  3. $10 mil isn’t that much for a starting left tackle. Michel is a good back, but he won’t see big money on his second contract. If he stays healthy, he probably resigns with the Patriots next year.

  4. I remember when the Patriots drafted Michel, it was much higher than he was projected to go. I figured it must be that they saw him as a dual-threat guy like Kamara – which is really the only way a RB is worth a first round pick. Well turns out he has a 65% catch percentage as a pro, which is awful for a RB and therefore he is rarely thrown to, making the play much more predictable when he’s on the field. He’ll only really generate good numbers with a road-grader OL (but then, who wouldn’t). He had that his rookie year, and conveniently for him, the other early down backs were all knocked out for the season. It made him look good in the stat column, but I remember commenting “he gets what’s blocked, but he’s nothing special” and getting downvoted hard for saying that. Well, I stand by it now. He’d be passable as a 2nd-3rd round pick, but the fact that he was picked over Chubb has always looked bad to me.

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