Over the weekend, the NFL was hit by a surprising retirement when Rams coach Sean McVay opened his press conference by stating Sony Michel was hanging up his cleats.
McVay said the running back officially gave him the news during a meeting early Saturday. Michel’s surprising decision to retire comes barely one month after he had made the decision to return to the Rams.
The Rams wasted little time replacing him.
They filled that void by signing veteran Royce Freeman.
Although Michel only played five seasons in his career, he will be walking away with two Super Bowl rings.
Freeman, who played the last two seasons with the Houston Texans, has credentials. He was a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and at 6-0, 235 can play with power.
Freeman joins a room featuring Cam Akers, Kyren Williams, Zach Evans, and Ronnie Rivers.
The former Oregon standout has 394 carries for 1,473 yards and eight touchdowns in 65 career games (nine starts) across five seasons.