Dolphins sign former American heritage winner Sonny Michelle – Reading Eagle

Miami Dolphins return home a South Florida product and add another tail to the crowded hall.

On Tuesday, the team confirmed that the Dolphins have signed former New England Patriots back-back Sonny Michelle, a former football player at Broward County High School at American Heritage. According to ESPN, Michelle will receive a one-year deal for $ 2.1 million.

Michelle amassed 3,137 yards with 18 touchdowns and two more in four NFL seasons after he was selected as a pick at the end of the first round with Georgia in 2018. His first three were with the Patriots, rivals the AFC East Dolphins, and he spent last season at the Los Angeles Rams.

He won two Super Cups between the two previous stops. Being a rookie in the 2018 Patriots, he scored six touchdowns during the team’s run-up to a Super Cup victory over Reims.

Weighing in at 5 feet 11 and weighing 215 pounds, Michelle can represent a Miami runner between selections in a crowded backfield that mostly has fast, elusive running backs. The Dolphins added Chase Edmonds and Rahim Mostert to free agents, and Miles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed returned from last year’s list.

Michelle began her career in the NFL from 2018 and 2019 with 900-yard running seasons in New England. Although in 200 Michelle averaged 5.7 yards per carry, he missed about half the season between a quadriceps injury and a termination. in the reserve list / COVID-19.

During his time in New England, Michelle shared the game with another Broward County football club, James White (St. Thomas Aquinas). The Patriots traded Michel to Reims in the 2021 preseason.

Michelle returned to Los Angeles last season, having played all 17 games, starting with seven, running 845 yards and four touchdowns for the Super Cup champions. During her career, Michelle has 47 receptions for 386 yards.

Michelle first became famous in South Florida when he burst onto the football scene of a local high school as an outstanding eighth grader in American heritage. He and Buffalo Beals rival Isaiah Mackenzie created a dynamic duo that raised the school to its first state championship in 2013.

A five-star high school graduate, Michelle played student football in Georgia, where he went with Mackenzie. There, he split representatives from the backfield of the Cleveland Browns, who ran back, Nick Chub, before being drafted by New England with his 31st 2018 draft pick.


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