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Julian Edelman’s parting message to Sony Michel after trade from Patriots

Sony Michel, Julian Edelman, Patriots

The New England Patriots traded Sony Michel to the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday. Michel was the odd man out in an increasingly crowded New England backfield, which pushed the move. A former Patriots legend had some parting words for his former teammate.

Julian Edelman retired in April, but he’s still a recognizable face that represents the Patriots organization. He wrote a short but sweet instagram post for Michel, reminding the 26-year-old,

“We’ll always have Atlanta bubs, good luck out in Tinseltown.”

The caption refers to New England’s 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The title came during Michel’s rookie season, and he scored the game’s only touchdowns on a two-yard plunge.

It was the sixth Super Bowl for the Patriots, tying them with with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history.

Michel joins a thin backfield in Los Angeles that already lost Cam Akers for the season. Darrell Henderson suffering a thumb injury was the final scare that pushed Sean McVay into trading with the Patriots.

During his three years in New England, Michel carried the ball 535 times for 2,292 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was the 31st pick in the 2018 NFL Draft but never improved on a promising rookie season.

The Patriots still have plenty of running back talent, primarily in the forms of Damien Harris, rookie Rhamondre Stevenson, and James White. Bill Belichick might’ve cut Michel if the Patriots hadn’t found a trade partner for the young back.