The New England Patriots have declined the fifth-year option on Sony Michel\'s rookie contract, according to a source.
Monday was the deadline for teams to exercise the options for players selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.
Michel has rushed for 2,292 yards and 14 touchdowns in three seasons. He also has 26 receptions for 258 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots would have owed Michel a base salary of about $4.5 million, fully guaranteed, in 2022 if they had exercised his option.