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Adam Schefter said the Patriots had other offers for Sony Michel prior to Rams trade

"I think everybody makes out ahead on the deal."

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Sony Michel in the 2021 preseason. Winslow Townson

The Red Sox lost to the Twins 9-6 in 10 innings on Wednesday. Boston concludes the series against Minnesota this evening at 7:10 p.m.

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner won MVP of the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, saving two penalty kicks in the shootout against the Liga MX All-Stars.

And the Patriots continue joint practices with the Giants on Thursday, following Mac Jones’s dominant display on Wednesday.

The Patriots and the Sony Michel trade: That Patriots’ depth at the running back position has been clear for much of the preseason. The growing question became how Bill Belichick would handle having a surplus of talented players at the same position.

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On Wednesday, at least part of the question was answered when the Patriots traded Sony Michel to the Rams for a pair of conditional draft picks.

According to ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter, New England initially held off on dealing Michel, even as other offers came in.

As Schefter explained in an interview on WEEI Wednesday afternoon, the minor injury to Rams running back Darrell Henderson — coming a few weeks after Los Angeles starter Cam Akers tore his Achilles, ruling him out for the season — set the eventual trade in motion.

“I think that kind of scared the Rams a little bit and put them in a position where there began thinking about running backs,” Schefter said of Henderson’s injury.

“I think teams were calling about Sony Michel and the Patriots initially resisted offers from other teams,” Schefter added, “and then somewhere around [Tuesday], I don’t know what changed, but maybe we’re getting close to the final roster decisions and New England began crunching numbers and saw that, ‘Look, Sony Michel is entering the last year of his contract, doesn’t have a future in New England, get two picks back for him, create a roster spot and you move on from him.’

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“The Rams saw somebody that could step in and kind of be a starting running back if that is what they need, somebody that came on last year and played very well in the second half of the season,” Schefter explained. “And so they trade a fifth and sixth-round pick to the Patriots and the Patriots move on from a position they have a lot of depth at. The Rams add depth, which they needed. The Patriots create other opportunities for other running backs and I think everybody makes out ahead on the deal.”

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