Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
Clarence Hill Jr. of The Star-Telegram reported on Michael Sam and the Cowboys:
It's official. Michael Sam has been signed to the Cowboys practice squad and will be at practice this morning— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) September 3, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported on one team's interest in Michael Sam:
Source: #Cowboys are doing research and due diligence into the plan of signing DE Michael Sam to their practice squad.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2014
Adam Schefter of ESPN shared more details regarding Dallas' interest in Sam:
Cowboys plan to bring Michael Sam to Dallas for a physical Wednesday, per team source. If all goes well, Sam will be a Cowboy.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2014
To be clear, Dallas would like to sign Michael Sam to practice squad, not active roster. First things first. Physical Wednesday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2014
Jerry Jones has talked to some of his players about potentially adding Sam according to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas:
Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman reports the current belief from certain teams regarding the potential signing of Michael Sam:
GM tells me: "Teams want to sign Michael Sam but fear the media attention." To me, that's cowardice. But that's just me.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) September 1, 2014
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported on Canadian football interest in Sam:
The Rams also confirmed that Sam did not make the team's practice squad.
A different league has invited Sam to participate in their sport:
After Michael Sam was cut by the St. Louis Rams as they trimmed down to their 53-man roster, as reported by Lindsay H. Jones and Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the defensive lineman reportedly was not claimed off waivers by another team.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the news on Twitter on Sunday:
Michael Sam has not been told of any teams that claimed him on waivers. Appears he went unclaimed. Now free to sign with a practice squad.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2014
Pelissero also noted that Sam will become a free agent:
Unless somebody put in a claim at the last minute, Michael Sam cleared waivers and will be a free agent.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2014
Despite his release, Sam arrived at the Rams' facility to meet with head coach Jeff Fisher (via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch):
Michael Sam arrived at Rams Park several minutes ago for planned interview with Jeff Fisher Fisher.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 31, 2014
Albert Breer of NFL Network reports Sam won't be on the Rams' practice squad:
Michael Sam won't be signed to the Rams practice squad, per source. St. Louis using those spots to back up areas without depth.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 1, 2014
The rookie was drafted by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft as the first openly gay NFL player. Unfortunately, due to St. Louis' deep defensive line and the emergence of undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks, Sam was unable to make the roster leading into the regular season.
Following the announcement, Sam took to Twitter to share his feelings:
The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues.— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 30, 2014
While Sam might not have been claimed on waivers right away, he showed during the preseason that he has the talent to compete in the league. During his time with the Rams, he compiled 11 tackles and three sacks—including two sacks of Johnny Manziel against the Cleveland Browns.
Though he missed out on a chance with the Rams, John Clayton of ESPN believes he will earn another chance. You Can Play Project shared comments from the NFL analyst:
Moving forward, Sam will simply need an opportunity to make a team. Whether it's through a practice squad or as a backup, getting a chance to play in the NFL will continue the dream for the young player.
Robert Raiola of O'Connor Davies provides the numbers for Sam if he makes a practice squad:
Given the current landscape of the NFL with teams that need defensive help, Sam might just get an opportunity soon. But after clearing waivers, it's unclear what or with whom that chance will be in the league.
If injuries or any other situations arise among other rosters, Sam could make his way onto a practice team or even an active roster in the coming weeks. Regardless of where he lands or where his NFL path takes him, his future still looks bright despite being cut by the Rams.
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