New England Patriots

The New England Patriots and rookie running back Sony Michel have agreed to terms on a deal, getting the first-round pick signed just in time for camp. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network was first to report on Sunday that the two sides came to an agreement on the first-round pick’s rookie contract.

New England drafted Michel, who played college ball in Georgia, with the 31st overall pick in April’s 2018 NFL Draft. He was the final Patriots rookie yet to sign before Sunday. The Patriots’ other first-round pick, offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn, signed his rookie deal back in June.

Rookies are expected to report to training camp on Sunday, with veterans following on Wednesday, July 25. Michel is joined by fellow 2018 draft picks Wynn, second-round cornerback Duke Dawson, fifth-round linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley, sixth-round linebacker Christian Sam, sixth-round receiver Braxton Berrios, and three: seventh-rounders: quarterback Danny Etling, cornerback Keion Crossen, and tight end Ryan Izzo.

Michel enters his first NFL training camp on a crowded Patriots depth chart at running back. He’s a lock to make the 53-man roster along with James White and Rex Burkhead, but will have to compete with them for snaps early on. At the position, the Pats also enter camp with Mike Gillislee, Jeremy Hill, special teams mainstay Brandon Bolden, and undrafted rookie Ralph Webb.

Terms of the deal have yet to be reported or confirmed as of this writing, but we’ll be sure to update you when that is known.


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