After cleaning out the roster of numerous veterans who helped win a Super Bowl two years ago, the Rams went back in time and brought one back on Tuesday.
The Rams announced that running back Sony Michel, who played for the Rams in 2021, has agreed to terms with the team for which he was a major contributor during the Rams’ run for the Super Bowl LVI title.
Contract terms have not been disclosed, but given the Rams’ financial restraint this offseason, it’s almost certainly a one-year, incentive deal.
Michel, 28, joins a running back group that includes Cam Akers, Kyren Williams, rookie Zach Evans and Ronnie Rivers.
After helping the Rams win the Super Bowl, Michel signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, reportedly for $2.1 million, but was released at the end of training camp. He signed with the Chargers and rushed for 106 yards on 36 carries in 10 games.
Michel was a first-round draft pick for the New England Patriots in 2018 and scored a touchdown in the Patriots’ 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
After Akers sustained an Achilles tendon injury on the eve of training camp in 2021, the Rams traded a mid- and late-round draft pick to the Patriots in exchange for Michel.
Michel played a pivotal role during the Super Bowl run. The Rams had lost three games in a row in November and were close to being eliminated from the playoffs when coach Sean McVay made Michel the main player on offense. The Rams won five straight games before losing to the San Francisco 49ers in the season finale.
Michel started in the playoff opener against the Arizona Cardinals and was a back-up in victories over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals.