Sony Michel is not returning to the AFC East after all.
The former New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams running back was released as part of the Miami Dolphins' roster cuts on Monday ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline.
Michel, 27, was a first-round draft pick by New England in 2018. He played with the Patriots for three seasons, helping them win a Super Bowl as a rookie. He then spent 2021 with the Rams, helping them win a title as well before signing with the Dolphins last offseason.
While Michel has had the good fortune of playing for championship-winning teams in his career, his individual performance hasn't quite lived up to his first-rounder status. He's never rushed for 1,000 yards in a season and has proven to be more of a complementary back rather than an every-down back, partly because of his underwhelming size (5-foot-11, 215 pounds).
Even so, Michel could still provide RB depth for another team this year, especially once the season starts and injuries begin to pile up. Miami didn't have room for him with Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Myles Gaskin expected to lead the backfield, but space could open up elsewhere before long.