Michael Sam Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Rookie DL

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IAugust 31, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3

Clarence Hill Jr. of The Star-Telegram reported on Michael Sam and the Cowboys:

Clarence Hill Jr @clarencehilljr

It's official. Michael Sam has been signed to the Cowboys practice squad and will be at practice this morning

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported on one team's interest in Michael Sam:

Adam Schefter of ESPN shared more details regarding Dallas' interest in Sam:

Jerry Jones has talked to some of his players about potentially adding Sam according to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas:

mike fisher ✭ @fishsports

Source tells me Jerry Jones personally phoned 'multiple' #Cowboys locker-room leaders w #MichaelSam news. @1053thefan

Updates from Monday, Sept. 1

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman reports the current belief from certain teams regarding the potential signing of Michael Sam: 

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:  

Original Text

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:

Pelissero also noted that Sam will become a free agent:

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):

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports Sam won't be on the Rams' practice squad:

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:

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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