The New England Patriots are sending running back Sony Michel to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two conditional draft choices, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Los Angeles had been looking for help at the position since last year's second round pick, Cam Akers, suffered a torn Achilles during training camp. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport adds that the Patriots will receive a sixth-round pick and a fifth-round pick that could convert to a fourth-round pick if the Rams receive a compensatory selection in that round.
The Rams announced the deal, welcoming Michel to Los Angeles.
Michel, the No. 31 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, rushed for 449 yards and one touchdown on 79 carries in 2020. He added seven receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown through the air. New England had become flush with talent at the running back position this offseason adding fourth-round pick Rhamondre Stevenson to go along with Damien Harris, James White, Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor.
Michel, 26, gets a fresh start with a Rams team that was defeated by his Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. In fact, the Georgia product scored the game's only touchdown in a 13-3 contest. He finished with 18 carries for 94 yards and one touchdown in that game.
He enters the final season of his rookie deal after New England declined his fifth-year option in May. Over the course of three seasons, he has missed a combined 10 games.
Darrell Henderson Jr. is the only active player on L.A.'s roster with a carry last season. The franchise has committed significant draft resources over the years to add veterans, such as cornerback Jalen Ramsey and, more recently, quarterback Matthew Stafford.
The Rams upgraded at quarterback and now added a veteran running back after Cam Akers' Achilles injury. Can Los Angeles get it done in the rugged NFC West? Stay dialed-in on the CBS Sports app to get the latest news and analysis. If you already have the CBS Sports app, favorite the Rams so you're always in the know.