This isn’t to knock Sony Michel after the strides he made last season. He’s more of a victim of circumstance. Coming off of a strong end of the season, the 2018 first-round pick is entering the last concrete year of his deal, with his fifth-year option on the table this spring. Given the Patriots rarely pay early-down running backs, his time in New England is likely coming to an end soon. Keeping that in mind, could the Patriots look to move him before his deal runs out, instead of letting him walk for nothing? They’d be selling high on a player who ran for 6.1 yards per carry over the final three weeks of last season. If they find a team in need of a running back, who’s cap situation keeps them out of the premium free agent market, the return could be solid. With Damien Harris and J.J. Taylor in the pipeline, the writing is on the wall for Michel. Whether or not the Patriots have him play out the remainder of his contract is a situation that bears watching, especially with the option deadline looming in May.