Michel spent his first three seasons in the NFL with the Patriots, which have a strong combination of running backs in their backfield with Damien Harris, James White and rookie Rhamondre Stevenson. Michel rushed for more than 900 yards in each of his first two seasons before playing in just nine games in 2020.
Meanwhile, the Rams do not have a deep running back room after Cam Akers was ruled out for the season prior to the start of training camp. Furthermore, there is not much depth at all behind Darrell Henderson Jr., who is still dealing with a thumb injury. Behind him is Xavier Jones, Jake Funk and Otis Anderson, so this appears to be a trade that will make sense for both sides.
Patriots are trading RB Sony Michel to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two late-round conditional draft picks, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2021
New England gets back two picks, the Rams get needed talent and depth at running back.