Dolphins sign Sony Michel – Sun Sentinel

The Miami Dolphins bring home a South Florida product, adding another jam to a crowded running back room.

According to league sources, the Dolphins are signing former New England Patriots running back Sony Michel, a former Broward County high school football star, to American Heritage. According to ESPN, Michel will be handed a one-year, $2.1 million contract.

Michel has rushed for 3,137 yards with 18 touchdowns and two more receivings in four NFL seasons after being drafted as a late first-round pick from Georgia in 2018. His first three were with the Patriots, the Dolphins’ AFC East rivals. and he spent last season with the Los Angeles Rams.

Between his two previous stops, he won two Super Bowls. As a rookie with the Patriots in 2018, he scored six touchdowns during the team’s run to the Super Bowl victory over the Rams.

At 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds, Michel Miami can showcase a between-tackle runner in a crowded backfield who mostly has fast, elusive running backs. The Dolphins added Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert to free agency, and Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed are returning from last year’s roster.

Michel began his NFL career with back-to-back 900-yard rushing seasons for New England in 2018 and 2019. Though Michel averaged a career-high 5.7 yards per carry in 200, he missed about half the season between ones Quadriceps injury and a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

While in New England, Michel shared the backfield with James White (St. Thomas Aquinas), another Broward County high school football standout. The Patriots traded Michel to the Rams in the 2021 preseason.

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Michel was rebounding in Los Angeles last season, playing all 17 games, starting seven, rushing for 845 yards and four touchdowns for the Super Bowl champions. For his career, Michel has 47 receptions for 386 yards.

Michel first became a household name in South Florida when he broke onto the local high school football scene as a standout eighth grader for American Heritage. He and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie formed a dynamic duo that led the school to its first state championship in 2013.

Michel, a five-star high school recruit, played his college football in Georgia, where he walked alongside McKenzie. There she shared backfield reps with Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb before she was drafted by New England with the 31st pick of the 2018 draft.

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