Sony Michel visits 2 teams as he looks for a new NFL home

Los Angeles Rams running back Sony Michel (25) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Rams running back Sony Michel (25) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Fresh off winning his second Super Bowl ring, Sony Michel has two visits lined up this week as he searches for his new home in the NFL.

Despite playing somewhat sparingly to start his career, Sony Michel has already won two Super Bowls in his four-year career. The former first-round pick is now looking for more consistent playing time as he experiences free agency for the first time in his career.

After spending his first three seasons with the New England Patriots, Michel was traded to the Los Angeles Rams during training camp last year. With Cam Akers missing most of the season, Michel ended up splitting time with Darrell Henderson and even lodged seven starts while Henderson missed time with injuries.

But with Akers making his return during the Rams’ Super Bowl run, and Henderson still under contract for another year, the Rams don’t really have any need for Michel anymore. As a result, Michel has begun looking for a new home in the NFL, and he has visited a pair of teams over the past two days as he searches for a new home in the NFL.

Sony Michel has visited the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints

With the 2022 NFL Draft now in the rearview mirror, the second wave of free agency has picked up a little bit. Veterans who didn’t find a deal to their liking are starting to find suitors now that teams are looking to fill out their roster. Michel is one of the best running backs left on the market, so it makes sense that teams in need of more ball carriers are looking to bring him on board.

Michel visited the Miami Dolphins yesterday and has a visit scheduled with the New Orleans Saints today according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. Both teams are looking to put the finishing touches on their rosters after they missed out on the playoffs last season.

In terms of a potential fit, the Saints make much more sense than the Dolphins here. With Alvin Kamara‘s status a huge question mark after he was arrested in the aftermath of the 2022 Pro Bowl, the Saints need to have some insurance in case he misses time. They already have Mark Ingram on the roster, but adding Michel on a cheap deal certainly wouldn’t hurt.

The Dolphins on the other hand have already added to their running back room this offseason, as they brought in Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert earlier in free agency. They also still have Myles Gaskin on their roster, so adding Michel would make for quite a crowded running back room in south Florida.

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Sony Michel has proven to be a competent lead back at times when called upon, but his production oftentimes relies heavily on how productive his offensive line is in front of him. If he’s looking for an opportunity for more playing time, the Saints may be the perfect spot for him. But if he wants to add to his winning pedigree, the revamped Dolphins roster may be just what he is looking for.