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Dallas Cowboys Planning to Sign Michael Sam

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Michael Sam, who was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, looks set to join the Dallas Cowboys practice squad if he passes a physical exam, NFL.com reports:

The Dallas Cowboys plan to bring the free-agent defensive end in for a physical on Wednesday, a team source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. If the rookie passes, Sam will be added to the team's practice squad...

...The Cowboys spent Tuesday calling their own players to gauge reaction to making Sam a Cowboy. With the Rams out of the picture, Dallas looms as a solid fit for last year's SEC o-Defensive Player of the Year because of the team's 4-3 scheme and a desperate need for help on defense.

ESPN and CBS Sports confirmed the reports...

Sam's pre-season showing (2.5 sacks, including Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns) was nothing to scoff at, leading some to speculate that homophobia in the NFL was to blame for the Rams snub.


WWE Invites Michael Sam To Appear On Monday Night Raw

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The WWE posted an open letter to Michael Sam today, inviting him to come on next Monday's broadcast of WWE Raw (which, not coincidentally, would air opposite Monday Night Football), to tell his side of things as they've gone down in the NFL so far:

Exhibiting class and dignity rarely shown in professional sports, Michael Sam, WWE invites you to next Monday's Raw to speak of your struggles to succeed, lessons you have learned along the way, the courage it takes to be yourself and the prospects of your continued journey.

You are a role model, who, by example, can encourage everyone to stand up and openly be themselves.

Sam was cut from the St. Louis' Rams roster over the weekend, also failing to be given a spot on the team's practice squad. The 31 other teams in the NFL similarly did not offer Sam a place on their teams during the 24 hours they were allotted to claim him.

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated reports that Canadian Football League (CFL) team The Montreal Alouettes has reached out to Sam, presumably regarding a potential contract. No word yet on whether Sam is considering a move to the CFL or whether he will continue pursuing a career in the NFL.


OutSports Founder Cyd Zeigler Talks Michael Sam And The NFL's Homophobia

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Founder of OutSports Cyd Zeigler sat down with the NFL Network to discuss the St. Louis Rams' decision to cut Michael Sam and not offer him a position on the team's practice squad. Commenting on how much Sam's sexuality has influenced his current position, Zeigler commented, “I don’t believe [Sam's] not at the St. Louis Rams because he is gay. I believe he is not in the NFL because he is gay.” You'll recall that once Sam was cut from the Rams' roster, the 31 other teams in the NFL had 24 hours to either add Sam to their roster or their practice squad. No team chose to do so, leaving Sam's prospects in the NFL uncertain. 

When asked whether the media played a role in Sam's ultimately not being offered a position by an NFL Team, Zeigler made sure to bring up the now notorious report by ESPN on Sam's showering habits in the Rams locker room:

"I think the media played a big role. Last week’s report by ESPN about his showering habits hurt him. I think that it was going so well for a few weeks in the preseason, we were just talking about Michael Sam the football player then all of a sudden last week it was a big reminder of the power of him being gay in the locker room and how much people want to talk about that. And that’s sad to me...He has to [end up on a team’s practice squad]. 

Though Sam faces an uphill battle getting on another team’s practice squad after failing to make the Rams’ squad, Zeigler believes that his talent and ability merit a spot on an NFL team: “If he is not on at least a practice squad in the next couple of weeks right now we have to say that the NFL has a big problem with homophobia."

However, Zeigler still has faith that Sam will ultimately find a place in the NFL, commenting that the organization is in his eyes, "a meritocracy” and that Sam will ultimately find a home on an NFL team for one simple reason: “Sam is too good.”

You can watch Zeigler's interview HERE


Michael Sam Goes Unclaimed By 31 NFL Teams, Rams Pass On Offering Him Practice Squad Spot: VIDEO

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Michael Sam's prospects of becoming the first openly gay NFL player dimmed over the weekend - with Sam failing to be claimed by the other 31 NFL teams after being cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. The Rams also passed on signing Sam onto their team's 10-man practice squad.

Outsports' Jim Buzinski reports on Sam's current situation:

With the Rams out of the picture for now, the number of teams possible to pick up Sam has dwindled. He plays defensive end in a 4-3 system, and that is used by only half the teams. Of that half, most teams are already set at defensive line, so Sam would need to find a team that has a need for his skills. [...]

If Sam fails to be signed to a practice squad this week, he can work out on his own and be ready in case a team needs his services during the season. He can also explore playing in the Canadian Football League, which would at least get him playing time. Teams must announce practice squad acquisitions by 4 p.m. each day, and with the season starting in less than a week, it appears highly unlikely Sam will be on an NFL team this week.

Buzinski also pointed out that, according to NFL data site Pro Football Focus, Sam was rated the 44th best out of 100 defensive ends in a 4-3 scheme - making his inability to secure a practice squad spot puzzling. Previously, Outsports stated that if the other 31 NFL teams passed on Sam - who led the Rams in tackles and sacks in the four-game preseason - homophobia would be a contributing factor

Others, such as Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Eric Wood, placed blame on ESPN's continuous (and, at times, sensational) coverage of Sam's preseason. 

Last week, Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher praised Sams' preseason performance, saying "I believe he can play in this league." Sam himself was also pleased with his performance and said he was "very confident" he would make an NFL roster. 

Watch an ESPN segment with NFL analyst and former coach Herman Edwards sharing his advice for Sam, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michael Sam Fails to Make St. Louis Rams Final Cut

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Early reports are coming in that Michael Sam has failed to make the St. Louis Rams' final cut and will not be on the team's 53-man roster.  

Sam was widely seen to be competing for the ninth spot on the defensive line with fellow rookie Ethan Westbrooks.

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Outsports reports that Sam will be available to the other 31 teams for 24 hours.

If he gets claimed, he will have a spot on the roster of that team. If he is not claimed, he can be added to the Rams' 10-man practice squad. This means he can practice with the team but not play, and his salary would be much less than the $440,000 he would get for making the roster; practice players are guaranteed a minimum salary of $6,300 per week for the 17-week season.

All throughout the preseason, Sam had been demonstrating his prowess on the field as defensive end - including an impressive sack of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel ("Johnny Football") during last week match-up. 

Earlier this week, Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher praised Sams' performance, saying "I believe he can play in this league"

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Michael Sam: 'I'm Very Confident that I'll Be Playing in the NFL Roster This Fall' - VIDEO

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Last night's match-up between the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams marked the final preseason opportunity for Michael Sam to demonstrate his prowess on the field. With a team high 5.5 tackles as defensive end, the consensus seems to be that Sam did well...but whether he did well enough to earn a spot on the team's 53-man roster will be revealed Saturday. 

NBC Sports reports:

“I’m very confident,” Sam said, via the Associated Press. “I’m going to sleep really well tonight and I’m very confident I’m going to be on a team, the Rams or any other team in the NFL.”

Sam has played well throughout the preseason and played well again on Thursday night against the Dolphins, leading the team with five solo tackles. Unfortunately for Sam, the Rams are deep on the defensive line and won’t be an easy roster for any seventh-round draft pick to make. Sam is widely viewed as competing with fellow rookie defensive end Ethan Westbrooks for the final roster spot, and Westbrooks had a very good preseason finale, with a sack, a tackle for loss and two quarterback hits.

Outsports' Jim Buzinski points out that while Rams' head coach Jeff Fischer believes Sam "can play in this league" and should get a spot on a team's roster, Fischer's post-game comments were more complimentary towards Wesbrooks and his performance.

Buzinski also has a great breakdown of  the different scenarios facing Sam as well as his own thoughts and predictions on whether Sam will make the cut. Check out the the article HERE

Miami sports radio host Bruce Silverman also covered the game for Outsports. You can check out his video report AFTER THE JUMP...

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