Veteran running back Sony Michel plans to sign with the Miami Dolphins, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Monday.
Michel will join a crowded backfield in a new-look Miami offense under first-year coach Mike McDaniel. Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds signed earlier this offseason, joining holdovers Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed.
Michel, who turned 27 in February, rushed for 845 yards and scored five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) for the Super Bowl-champion Los Angeles Rams last season.
The Rams acquired him from the New England Patriots last August for fifth- and sixth-round picks in the 2022 draft. He filled a major need for the team after Cam Akers tore an Achilles before training camp.
Michel played sparingly until he moved into the starting lineup in December following an injury to Darrell Henderson Jr. Michel rushed for more than 100 yards twice that month and had another game in which he had 92 yards rushing. Michel’s role in the postseason diminished as Akers returned from his injury to reclaim his starting role.
The Patriots selected Michel with the 31st overall pick in the 2018 draft out of Georgia. They had declined his fifth-year option on his rookie contract last May.
In three seasons with the Patriots, he rushed for 3,137 yards and 18 touchdowns.