Patriots trade Sony Michel to Rams

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Sony Michel is heading west.

The Patriots have traded Michel to the Rams. The Rams are sending either 2022 fifth- and sixth-round draft picks or a 2022 compensatory fourth-round pick (if the Rams get one) to the Patriots in the deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Rams were in the market for a running back after they lost Cam Akers for the season to a torn Achilles tendon, then lost Darrell Henderson to a thumb injury. The Patriots were known to be open to trading one of their veteran running backs after drafting Rhamondre Stevenson this year, and Michel is the one.

New England selected Michel with the 31st overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. He played well at times (including scoring the only touchdown in the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Rams) but the Patriots did not pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, signaling that he didn’t have much of a future in New England.

Now he’ll join a Rams offense that is expecting big things this year with the arrival of Matthew Stafford, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Michel jump into the starting lineup immediately.

71 responses to “Patriots trade Sony Michel to Rams

  1. Good deal for both sides. What does that leave the Rams for 2022 draft picks? One 3rd, one 4th? Eeesh

  2. it wouldn’t be surprising to see Michel jump into the starting lineup immediately.

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    He was just traded for a 5th and 6th round pick. Let’s not anoint him the chosen one just yet. Henderson is day to day and expected to be ready for the regular season.

  3. Sony had some flashes, but all in all, I wasn’t a big fan.
    Patriots are neck-deep in awesome RBs right now.
    Best of luck, Sony.

  4. Well, he never quite lived up to expectations coming in, but he wasn’t awful either. As a Patriots fan, I wish him well. This is a great opportunity for him to be a lead back in a good offense in LA rather than being a role player in a loaded New England backfield.

    Meanwhile, this probably helps Belichick avoid cutting a player such as J.J. Taylor or Brandon Bolden who would immediately be signed by another team looking for RB or special teams help. And, of course, it keeps the teams’s tradition of stockpiling draft picks for added maneuverability next April.

  5. Big LES making some moves. We just need him to get 650 yards.

    Hendo = 700
    Jones = 400
    Michel = 600
    Rest of the Team = 200

  6. What a terrible trade for the rams, and again, the patriots bamboozle yet another team.

  7. Decent trade but a fourth (if it ends up that way) for a one year rental is a bit much I think.

  8. Good deal for both teams. It’s a crowded and talented backfield in NE, and Sony is set to be a free agent next year. I expect him to have a good year in LA.

  9. The biggest non-surprise of the year. Would say had less to do with Stevenson getting picked than with emergence of Damien Harris.

  10. No doubt the salty trolls’ll be here to claim an SB winning RB is a bust, and also ignore he was only traded as BB’s done so well he had an excess of starting RBs. Anyway, thanks Sony.

  11. Personally I believe that was a mistake as it’s going to be a very long season (17 games then playoffs) & the Pats offense is built to pound the ball so RB’s will get a lot of use, HOWEVER, I can understand wanting to get some draft picks for him if they feel he may have been a roster bubble player due to their depth chart as he was on his last year of contract with Pats…..
    Anyways, I believe he was a great team mate & unfairly criticized by many over his course of time being here, when healthy he played very well…. Wish him the best & hope he nets us that POSSIBLE 4th round comp pick next year & if not, we’ll at least get the Rams 5th & 6th rounders for him & Bill usually finds a hidden gem around there….
    Go Pats!!!

  12. Harris is the better overall back, Stevenson will do short yardage, and James White catches out of the back field. Liked Michel in 2018 but has been in decline since then. Good luck Sony.

  13. Looks good on paper, but I am always uncomfortable trading with the Patriots. How often does Belichick get it wrong.

    Let’s hope this is one of the ‘hardly evers’!

  14. As deep as this running back group is for NE, someone was going to go. I hope he does well in LA.

  15. Win-win deal. Stevenson, added to Damien Harris, JJ Taylor, James White and ST ace Brandon Bolden made Michel expendable. He was an integral part of a Patriots championship and both sides enjoyed a good run.

  16. The most shocking thing about this is that the Rams have any draft picks left to use in a trade.

  17. Good pickup by the Rams. Pats are currently stacked at running back. They drafted a player (Ramondre Stevenson) who looks like he’s going to be a beast if he can avoid mistakes in his first year.

  18. I’ll bet the rams tried to give future 1st round picks for Michel. They hate having firsts in any draft.

  19. mistake, all but a guarantee harris gets hurt at some point- relying on a rookie in stevenson is super risky- Sony is also about to break out as he has looked his best so far in camp- getting a 4th rd comp pick for a guy drafted in the 1st who helped win a SB no less is not good value- at some point during the season there willbe lots of fans saying I wish we had Sony back- hope they prove me wrong…

  20. With Brady gone his stock has dropped. When you have a mobile QB the RB position becomes less valuable.

  21. Another bust draft pick by Belichick. As far as his skills drafting, he should wear a duncecap and stop being referred to as a “genius”

  22. When this whole Sneed- McVay experiment is finally over soon what are the Rams going to do? What GM would want a job where he literally has no draft picks to work with? I’ve never seen a pro sports team sabotage their future like the Rams are.,

  23. Rams are a SB contender (or at least they think they are) in win now mode. Good trade for them

  24. That’s kind of a maximum use of a draft pick. Helped win a Super Bowl, and then they got something back for him after drafting a replacement.

  25. Running back is that position where more of them is better than focusing on one. You can get production there so many different ways and for reasonable money.

    Sony had ups and downs but was very productive during their Super Bowl run. Good luck to him.

  26. Once the Rams RB tore ACL and Jags RB had lis franc injury…The market improved for Sonny Michel’s services.

    2- 2022 picks 5th & 6th or a 2022 4th if Rams receive a conditional pick is a pretty good return.

    Before Cam Akers, he was likely to be cut or traded for a depth player. When Akers went on IR, the market was likely 7th rounder. When Etienne broke his foot, the market developed. Had another team suffered a RB1 loss in the last preseason game, the market could have been higher.

    Patriots held their cards and played the market. Change my mind.

    For anyone speculating what picks those will become…the gold standard for trading a former 1st round pick would be the Richard Seymour and getting a 1 in return. Sony is not Richard Seymour. Someone like Tebucky Jones who was traded to Saints in 2003 for 3rd 7th and a 4th which would end up being picks used for Corey Dillon, Dexter Reid, Tully Banta Cain would be impressive if that is the future of Sony’s trade.

  27. Michel wasnt a bust, had a good run with the Pats. I dont think their style would ever be to feed an RB 25 times a game, they had a bit of a committee there. (Very much game to game approach vs opponent) If he can stay healthy, has a chance to have a big year I think.

  28. streetyson says:
    August 25, 2021 at 8:36 am
    No doubt the salty trolls’ll be here to claim an SB winning RB is a bust, and also ignore he was only traded as BB’s done so well he had an excess of starting RBs. Anyway, thanks Sony.
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    BB has done so well that he traded a RB he drafted in the first round for a fifth and sixth round pick? Maybe he can get a bag of skittles for N’Keal Harry. That would be success.

  29. The genius keeps chugging along, turning 1st round picks into 5th & 6th round picks. Maybe he can even turn Harry into a 7th round pick. It’s magical GM work.

  30. Good move by BB as Sony was gone next year anyway. Might as well get some future value out of him. Let’s just hope Harris can stay healthy

  31. Can’t wait to hear what Sony has to say now that he’s free of Belechick’s football labor camp. Both Gronk and Brady seemed to be rejuvenated.

  32. Matt Breida would have come a lot cheaper and would have been morel effective in that offense. John McCay and Les Snead if you ever want to contend with the mighty Niner Empire…..you all are going to have to step your game up.

  33. Looks good on paper, but I am always uncomfortable trading with the Patriots. How often does Belichick get it wrong.____

    Mohammed Sanu? Chandler Jones? Don’t get me started on actual draft picks. It wouldn’t look good for BB.

  34. Sony was not going to net the Pats a conditional pick nor was he going to be the starter… roll the trolls with wow a 1st rounder becoming a 5/6th pick…

    Could have been cut. Better than nothing.

  35. He was a bust. A bust is not based only on what he brings to the table but also draft status, and comparasion. The Pats could have Nick Chubb, Phillip Lindsey or Ronald Jones instead of him. Jones is not better as RB but he has hands. Plus Michel was 38 out of possible 48 games. And he fall off a cliff when Harris made the year 2 leap.

    He is a decent RB but not a first rounder.

  36. Sony is a good player having a good camp. Pats just have too many guys they don’t wanna cut. A fresh start may help, especially for a good team. He just wasn’t deserving of a 1rst round pick. More like a 3rd or 4th. That year, the Pats drafted Michel and IWynn in the 1rst rnd. Apparently the scouts went to the beer stand when NChubb was on the field. Oh well. Best of luck Sony. Hope the Pats make the pks cpount.

  37. Really good player when he could put a healthy stretch of games together. Problem was that was rare and you just couldn’t plan on using him as the bell-cow RB (although when the Patriots did during that playoff run up to the SB, Michel was fantastic). He’s improved his pass catching so at the very least he’s a really solid 3rd down back, and if he can stay healthy the Rams could have a 1,000 yd rusher on their hands. Worth the price even if it’s just a one year rental.

  38. Just so everyone knows, the Rams are typically awarded 3 or 4 comp picks every year, giving them the extra draft capital to make these endless trades. A reward for drafting as well as they do, and finding UDFAs like Cory Littleton and guys like Darious Williams after other teams cut them lose. Seems like a strategy that is working, given their W-L record since McVay’s arrival. They’ve also been rewarded recently for hiring and developing minority staff. This is an organization that gets it, unlike many NFL fans, who do not.

  39. Looks good on paper, but I am always uncomfortable trading with the Patriots. How often does Belichick get it wrong.____

    Mohammed Sanu? Chandler Jones? Don’t get me started on actual draft picks. It wouldn’t look good for BB.
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    Randy Moss, Wes Welker….6 Superbowls. The bad GM narrative is tiring.

  40. A likely fourth round pick for a back the Patriots weren’t keeping anyway. Another crafty move by the GOAT G.M.

  41. The Patriots have an embarrassment of riches at RB. They have holes to fill elsewhere and Michel was the most expendable. It makes sense.

  42. Belichick’s #1 picks: Logan Mankins, Richard Seymour, Damien Woody, Brandon Meriweather, Vince Wilfork, Brandon Meriweather, Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty, Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower, Benjamin Watson, Ty warren. and Ty Law. Looks like Belichick is really a bust at making #1 picks.

    There will always be people who really dislike Belichick and are willing to “rip” him when ripping him isn’t warranted.

  43. The Pats could have Nick Chubb, Phillip Lindsey or Ronald Jones instead of him. Jones is not better as RB but he has hands.

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    2018 playoffs:

    Vs Chargers 24 carries 129 yards 3 tds (thats a great game by any standards)
    Vs Chiefs 29 carries 119 yards 2 tds (ball control, kept the ball out of Mahommes hands)
    Vs Rams 19 carries 94 yards 1 td (5+ yards per carry, scored the only TD of the game)

    Michel was extremely involved and invaluable in helping the Pats win it all that year.

    Has any of the guys you mentioned ever made a contribution like that to the teams they are on?

  44. Thanks for 2018 Sony. People make say good riddance, but his late season running as well as his AFCCG performance at arrowhead was instrumental in us winning it all!!!

    Good luck dude.

  45. Another Belichick bust. For as much of a future HOF coach he is, as a draft talent evaluator he is only average or worse.

  46. Good value by BB as one 4th rder in Stevenson allows him to gain another as the rent a soon to be FA in a spiking market.

    The Rams just threw away a 4th and if the Rams don’t win the SB, they lose the trade.

    Thanks for the ring, Sony. You made it easy on Brady in the postseason as he aged.

  47. By the way, this has the chance to be fantastic for Michelle. Think about how useless Gurley was until McVey showed up. Gurley has a similar skill set. He has soft hands and the run scheme of the Rams is more in line with what he did at Georgia than how the Patriots run the ball. Not to mention that Belichick has rarely put it on one player’s shoulders at that position. Dillon is probably the only one I can think of. Maybe Antoine Smith from the early days. So you have a low mileage back with lots of upside who has already been integral to winning a Super Bowl ironically against the Rams.

  48. The Patriots have an embarrassment of riches at RB.

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    Belichick is doing what he did to Brady : find gold among rocks. He didn’t realize that it was Brady who turned those rocks into gold.

  49. I don’t understand the comments saying Michel was a bust? He was a very good back (maybe not great) but the best “running” RB I think since Corey Dillon on the Pats. At least as good, I would argue better, then Stephan Ridley. I actually don’t see much difference with Harris, who also appears to be very good. BB does not draft or use Bell-Cow backs unless they are Big (e.g. Smith, Dillon, Blount). Otherwise, he likes to use a platoon method with certain players with certain specialties. So this trade makes sense, but I don’t think it is an indictment of Michel as a player.

  50. At least he goes to a team that doesn’t have a history of cheating…good for him. Much rather be living in LA than New England…

  51. time will tell here on both sides and for SM going forward if he enters free agency … sadly he did not have the greatest career as a pat with bad injury luck and if he were picked in a lower round no one would really be giving BB the wot the crap runaround but on the flipside he could have been great making him worthy of his initial selection, so in the end every high draft pick is like that proverbial box of chocolates as ya never really know wot yer gonna get until you open that box and let the player play hoping for the most of sunny days instead of OMG can’t wait to send him on his way.

  52. Michel was darn near as good as Chubb in college. NE is where RBs go to die so this change could mean a nice restart to his career. I’d take a flyer for sure.

  53. LOL. This guy was drafted ahead of Nick Chubb who was a better back at Georgia.

  54. ” He was a very good back (maybe not great) but the best “running” RB I think since Corey Dillon on the Pats. ”

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    He needs effective passing game that keeps opponent defenders at bay to be effective. So it is a great deal for Pats. Blount is “run with power” RB.

  55. I’d rather keep him for the year hes a good back but they are too deep with younger guys . I’ll never forget how he carried the offense as a rookie I hope he lights it up for the rams .

  56. pioniere says:
    August 25, 2021 at 11:05 am
    Another Belichick bust. For as much of a future HOF coach he is, as a draft talent evaluator he is only average or worse. Laughable analysis he carried the Pat’s as a rookie outside of last year when he missed alot of time hes been a good draft pick.

  57. Belichick is doing what he did to Brady : find gold among rocks. He didn’t realize that it was Brady who turned those rocks into gold. ——-Hilarious brady was a nothing until the Pat’s developed him I do give him credit for having the drive to take the coaching and become a star. all you jealous people want to give all credit to Brady because hes not a patriot anymore cause when he was all we heard was hes a system qb cheater etc.

  58. People consider a guy who averages like 4.5 a carry a bust? He’s had nearly 1000 yards rushing on around 200 carries twice in his career, and he barely played last year. Not to mention that the most important thing, he was an integral piece to winning a Super Bowl already, which is really the only thing that matters. He’s a better back than Akers, and that was their projected starting RB before the injury. I think he’s going to do great there once he gets comfortable.

  59. Thanks for 2018 Sony. Without his performance in that playoff run, no championship.

    Even Tampa Bay Tommy was just along for the ride on that one.

  60. Hilarious brady was a nothing until the Pat’s developed him

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    Didn’t see Brady’s signature plays by any other Pats QB. Do you mean Belichick has forget how to develop QB after developing Brady?

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