New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 25: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on after the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • NFL cutdown day is officially looming over all 32 NFL squads.

    And though Monday was not exactly a Black Monday in terms of cuts and terminations, it did come with some clarity for a few ex-Patriots in their new homes.

  • SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 01: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to throw the ball in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 01, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 01: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to throw the ball in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. (Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

    Out in San Francisco, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was given some security with a re-worked contract that contained both a no-trade and no-tag clause, which meant that Garoppolo would have a say in any in-season move and have complete freedom to leave next offseason.

    The 49ers did everything they could to cut ties with Garoppolo this offseason — including a smear campaign that didn’t make a lot of sense because they started the smearing while he was, you know, still under contract and with the 49ers — but an acceptable trade failed to present itself.

    It’s possible that it happens in-season whether that’s due to an injury or some team deciding that Quarterback X (and maybe Y) isn’t exactly working out for their team. But in the now, the 30-year-old will remain with San Francisco and serve as second-year pro Trey Lance’s backup.

    Sent to San Francisco by the Patriots back in 2017, Garoppolo has posted a 31-14 record as a starter with the 49ers, with 11,162 passing yards, 66 touchdowns, 38 interceptions, and a 67.7 completion percentage. Garoppolo also led the Niners to Super Bowl LIV as their starting quarterback.

  • MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - AUGUST 27: Sony Michel #28 of the Miami Dolphins rushes for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – AUGUST 27: Sony Michel #28 of the Miami Dolphins rushes for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium. (Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

    Down in Miami, meanwhile, the Dolphins announced the release of running back Sony Michel.

    The victim of a numbers game in a crowded Miami backfield, the 27-year-old Michel put up 9 carries for 13 yards and a touchdown in three preseason tilts for the Dolphins this summer.

    Michel spent the 2021 season with the Super Bowl-winning Rams, and racked up 845 rushing yards on 208 carries (4.1 yards per carry) along with four touchdowns on the ground in 17 appearance for Los Angeles. The 5-foot-11 Michel also played a decent factor in the pass-catching game, with 21 grabs on 33 targets for a career-high 128 receiving yards and a touchdown.

    Drafted by the Patriots with the No. 31 overall pick in 2018, the Patriots sent Michel to the Rams last summer for a pair of late-round draft picks.

  • MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JULY 27: Mohamed Sanu Sr. #16 of the Miami Dolphins stretches during training camp at Baptist Health Training Complex on July 27, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – JULY 27: Mohamed Sanu Sr. #16 of the Miami Dolphins stretches during training camp at Baptist Health Training Complex on July 27, 2022. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    Michel was not the only ex-Patriot cut from Miami’s camp on Monday, as the team also announced the release of veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.

    The 33-year-old Sanu’s departure from the Dolphins came following a preseason that included three catches for 39 yards. It’s worth noting, too, that all three of Sanu’s summertime grabs came in Miami’s first game of the preseason.

    Sanu, a midseason addition to the Patriots back in 2019, appeared in eight games with the 49ers last season, and totaled 15 catches (on 24 targets) for 177 receiving yards.