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Michael Sam | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 261
College: Missouri
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Free agent OLB/DE Michael Sam ran unofficial 5.10 and 5.07 forties at the Veteran Combine on Sunday.
That is, um, not good. Sam ran an official 4.91 forty at the Scouting Combine last year before being selected in the seventh round of the draft by the Rams, but anything over 5-flat looks ugly on paper. He's never been a fast player, and this isn't going to help Sam's chances of getting back in the NFL. Mar 22 - 1:47 PM

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Free agent OLB Michael Sam was invited to the veteran combine.

He's also competing in the next season of Dancing With the Stars, though that shouldn't conflict with his combine preparations. Sam is a tweener: too small to play on the line but not fast enough to be effective at linebacker. He might get an invite to training camp, but Sam isn't a difference maker.
Feb 27 - 11:20 AM

Coach Bruce Arians told Outsports.com the Cardinals will be looking at free agent OLB Michael Sam in the next few weeks.

Arians acknowledged it might not be a perfect fit as the Cardinals operate under a 3-4 scheme. Sam joined the Cowboys' practice squad after being among the Rams' final cuts in training camp, but hasn't found work since October. Sam made headlines earlier today by applying for a spot in the upcoming veteran combine. Sam was picked by St. Louis in the seventh round of last year's draft. Arizona is desperate for pass-rush help on the edge.
Feb 9 - 5:22 PM

Free agent DE Michael Sam has applied for a spot at the upcoming veteran combine.

Sam has been out of the league since getting cut from the Cowboys' practice squad in October. He hasn't even landed an offseason spot despite rosters expanding to 90 men. So Sam, still hoping to become the first openly gay man to appear in an NFL game, is trying to land one of roughly 100 spots at the first-ever veteran combine. If he doesn't secure an NFL gig, he has a one-year contract offer from the CFL's Montreal Alouettes waiting for him.
Source: USA Today
Feb 9 - 8:46 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, about a half-dozen NFL teams have been in contact with free agent Michael Sam since the Cowboys waived him off their practice squad three weeks ago.

Sam is free to sign on with another practice squad at any time. If that doesn't happen, it doesn't mean his NFL dream is dead. Schefter expects him to sign a futures contract at some point so he can be in an organization throughout the offseason program. Sam is still bidding to become the first openly gay player to be active for an NFL game.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 11:38:00 AM

Cowboys waived DE Michael Sam from the practice squad.

Sam had been with the Cowboys' taxi squad since before Week 1, but never earned a promotion to the 53-man roster. The NFL's first-openly gay player will now search for more practice-squad work. Sam notched three sacks in four preseason games, but his size (6-foot-2, 261 pounds) and one dimensional pass-rushing repertoire are holding him back.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 03:28:00 PM

Cowboys signed DE Michael Sam to their practice squad.

He'll practice with his new teammates Wednesday as preparations begin for Sunday's game against the 49ers. He's landed in an ideal spot to eventually crack the active roster. Dallas is absolutely desperate for D-Line talent, and is also woefully thin there. The 2013 co-Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC, Sam produced two sacks and three quarterback hurries on 133 preseason snaps per PFF. Already the first openly gay man to be drafted in the NFL, he's bidding to become the first to play in a regular season game.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 11:10:00 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are considering free agent DE Michael Sam for their practice squad.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Sam "will be a Cowboy" as long as he passes his physical. As a 4-3 defense in desperate need of edge rushers, the Cowboys would be an excellent landing spot for Sam after he was a victim of the numbers game along the Rams' loaded line. It's almost beyond belief that Sam has yet to find a practice-squad spot after notching three preseason sacks in four games.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 04:27:00 PM

The Montreal Alouettes own free agent DE Michael Sam's CFL rights.

The Alouettes have contacted Sam about taking his talents north of the border. To this point, Sam isn't interested in playing in the CFL. He remains committed to finding a job either on an NFL 53-man roster or practice squad.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 06:46:00 PM

The Rams will not sign free agent DE Michael Sam to their practice squad.

Sam cleared waivers Sunday. St. Louis will announce its ten-man practice squad on Monday, and Sam won't be on it. The 249th overall pick in May's draft played well enough in preseason games to earn a look elsewhere, but to this point Sam has generated no known interest since being waived by the Rams.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 11:07:00 PM

Rams seventh-round pick Michael Sam went unclaimed on waivers.

Sam lost a camp battle to the more versatile UDFA DL Ethan Westbrooks. 31 other teams had a chance to claim his rights, but declined. Now he's free to sign with any team he chooses, which should benefit him in the long term. Sam, bidding to become the NFL's first openly gay player to appear in a regular season game, needs to land with a 4-3 club that has a specific need for a situational pass rusher. The Giants are one spot that makes sense.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 12:11:00 PM

Rams waived DE Michael Sam.

Sam's bid to become the NFL's first openly gay player to appear in a regular season game hits a speedbump. The 2013 co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year was productive during the preseason, earning a slightly positive grade from PFF while compiling two sacks, two QB hits and four QB hurries on 133 snaps. But he was always a bubble prospect due to unimpressive athleticism and no role on special teams. The Rams will likely try to get Sam onto their practice squad, but he'd do better to head to a team with less depth and talent on their D-Line.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 04:03:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Silver doesn't expect Michael Sam to make the Rams' 53-man roster.

It's certainly not because he hasn't earned it; there just isn't enough room if the Rams are only going to keep nine linemen. Sam is competing with UDFA DE Ethan Westbrooks for the ninth spot. Westbrooks has registered one sack, three QB hits, and five hurries while grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 4-3 end this preseason. Sam should make another team's 53. Silver has a strong connection with coach Jeff Fisher, so his opinion is worth noting.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 12:11:00 PM

Michael Sam survived first cuts at Rams camp.

Through three preseason games, Rams coaches have credited Sam with five tackles, three sacks, two QB pressures and one QB hit on 80 snaps. He's gotten a slightly positive grade from PFF and has also done some work as a blocker on special teams. Sam, a seventh-round rookie, is the first openly gay active player in NFL history. SI's Peter King suggested Tuesday that the Rams could try to sneak him onto the practice squad, although doing so would expose him to all other 31 teams via waivers.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 07:56:00 AM

Rams DE Michael Sam says he's lost 13 pounds since OTAs, and will report to training camp at 257.

Sam, who was listed at 261 at the Combine, said he's "faster and stronger." According to reporter Nick Wagoner, Sam has slimmed down so he can "help on special-teams coverage units." Although the off-the-field scuttlebutt rages on, Sam appears squarely focused on cracking the Rams' 53-man roster. Wagoner has projected that Sam will make the cut.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 07:20:00 PM

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