The NFL cuts have started, and there are already some notable names looking for new teams.
The Dolphins surprisingly cut Sony Michel on Monday night, despite signing the 27-year-old to a one-year, $2.1 million deal in the offseason. Miami will now roll with Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert, along with holdovers Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed, at the running back position. Teams have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to trim their rosters to 53 players.
The Patriots drafted Michel in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and he spent three years in New England, running for 94 yards and the only touchdown of the game in the Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII win over the Rams.
In the 2021 offseason, New England traded Michel to those same Rams, where he led the team in rushing. In L.A.’s Super Bowl victory over the Bengals, his second championship in four years, Michel carried the ball twice.
Michel was one of three running backs Miami signed this offseason for new head coach Mike McDaniel, who was the 49ers’ run game coordinator before becoming the offensive coordinator in 2021. Edmonds figures to be the lead back in Miami, while the oft-injured former 49er Mostert, who has played nine games in the last two years, slots in at No. 2.
Other notable cuts as of Tuesday morning include the Bills releasing tight end O.J. Howard, and the Colts letting go of running back Philip Lindsay.