NFL Opinion: Did the New England Patriots Get the Better Deal in Trade for Sony Michel Involving LA Rams?

Published 08/25/2021, 1:15 PM EDT
Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) is stopped by Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Tarron Jackson (75) and linebacker Alex Singleton (49) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports


With the 2021 NFL season just days away, teams are now busy focusing on cutting down their roster to meet the league’s criteria. But that hasn’t stopped the LA Rams from trading for New England Patriots running back Sony Michel.

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The former first-round pick has been a mixed bag for the Patriots. While he did score the Patriots’ only touchdown of the game in Super Bowl LIII against the LA Rams, his career hasn’t really taken off as expected.

Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones 10) hands the ball off to running back Sony Michel (26) during the first half of a game against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries have hampered his time on the field. But the running back is still more than capable of picking up a first down and more on his day. And he clearly did enough to convince the LA Rams to trade a fifth and sixth-round pick. This could later be converted to a fourth-round pick if LA receives a compensatory selection.

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So who got the better deal? Head Coach and GM Bill Belichick’s Patriots or the trade-experts LA Rams?

New England Patriots have the slight edge

The New England Patriots won’t necessarily miss Michel’s presence much thanks to their depth in the running back room. Led by Damien Harris the side also has multiple rookie talents to call upon.

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With running backs often being the hardest players to move on due to their durability issues, the chances of the Patriots landing a fourth-round pick for Michel seem to work in their favor.

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The Rams on the other hand had their hands ties. Losing out last year’s star rookie running back Cam Akers to injury for the entirety of the 2021 NFL season, the Rams needed depth.

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Michel has proven that he can deliver the goods when needed and health. How the latter bit plays out will dictate the possible fruition of this deal.

Till then, one can say that it were the Patriots who got the better deal out of the trade.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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