Christine Michael Reportedly Visited Patriots After Release from Packers

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2017

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 08:  Christine Michael #32 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball in the third quarter during the NFC Wild Card game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Veteran running back Christine Michael reportedly visited the New England Patriots on Tuesday after getting released by the Green Bay Packers last week. 

Field Yates of ESPN first reported the free-agent stop.

Michael split the 2016 season between the Packers and Seattle Seahawks. He rushed for 583 yards and seven touchdowns and added 22 catches for 107 yards and a score across 15 games. His 3.9 yards per carry was a career low, though.

The 26-year-old Texas A&M product originally re-signed with Green Bay on a one-year contract for the 2017 campaign. The team let him go after selecting a trio of running backs—Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Devante Mays—in the draft.

Joining the Patriots wouldn't represent a great fit on paper. New England signed Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead in free agency to join a backfield group that already featured James White, Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden.

At best, Michael would battle Bolden for the opportunity to become the team's short-yardage back, but he'd be an underdog entering training camp.

It's unclear whether New England made an offer during the visit.

Ultimately, Michael has proved himself as a reliable backup since the Seahawks selected him in the second round of the 2013 draft, but he's never been able to seize a starting job. He should catch on with a team as depth leading up to camp or early in the preseason when injuries begin to arise.