The New England Patriots have traded running back and 2018 first-round pick, Sony Michel, to the Los Angeles Rams for conditional pick(s).

The Rams had lost Cam Akers, among others at the position, to season-ending injuries leading to them calling up their Super Bowl opponents of three seasons ago. Sony Michel scored the only touchdown in the 13-3 defensive battle to cap off a great postseason that peaked out his Patriots career.

Injuries and the arrival of Damien Harris have proven to make the fourth-year running back expendable. The team opted to not pick up his fifth-year rookie option.  The trade will either be for a 2022 fifth and sixth-round pick from the LA Rams to New England or a 4th round pick should they receive a compensatory pick.

The trade helps bolster the Rams’ backfield and alleviates some of the logjams in the Patriots’ running back room.

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