The Miami Dolphins have reduced their running back roster and, in the process, have released a previous first-round pick. The Dolphins confirmed on Monday that Sony Michel, a former first-round pick of the Patriots who joined the organization as a free agency in May, had been released.
Michel struggled to get going in Miami despite having won his second Super Bowl of his career and running for 845 yards with the Rams the previous season. Following an altercation with his girlfriend, he was additionally charged with third-degree assault and battery. While Michel’s preseason running total of 13 yards on nine runs (one score) did not help his situation, he was also frequently restricted in practice due to health issues and allegedly underwhelmed when he was on the field.
The Dolphins are responsible for paying Michel the $850,000 guaranteed under the one-year, $2.1 million contract he inked with the organization. In his four NFL seasons, Michel has racked up 3,137 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground. He also helped lead New England to victory in Super Bowl LIII, but injuries have since partly sidetracked his career.