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Michael Sam | Defensive Lineman | #46

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 261
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 7 (249) / LAR
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Free agent DE Michael Sam said he's going to try "one more shot" at the NFL.
Finding a team to give Sam that "one more shot" is going to be the difficult part. Sam has a diva attitude off the field and isn't very good on it. The former seventh-round pick of the Rams didn't make it out of final cuts after he was drafted in 2014 and quit the CFL's Montreal Alouettes twice in a two-month span. He said he wasn't getting better as a player in Canada. The NFL isn't a developmental league. Sam's "career" is kaput. Jan 27 - 10:53 AM

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Free agent DE Michael Sam has fired his agents and is "refocused" on making an NFL team in 2016.

Sam spent part of the spring and summer with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, but quit the team twice and ultimately walked away from football in August. He cited a tumultuous past year and worries for his own mental health as the reason he stepped away. Sam is back at Mizzou working on his degree and gearing up for next football season. Chances are extremely slim he makes it.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 10:21:00 AM

Michael Sam has quit the Montreal Alouettes for the second time in two months.

Michael Sam became the first openly-gay player to play in a professional football game last week, but he left the team over concerns over his mental state. "The last 12 months have been very difficult for me," Sam said, "to the point where I became concerned with mental health." It is extremely unlikely Sam ever plays a snap in the NFL.
Source: TMZ
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 12:39:00 PM

Michael Sam returned to the CFL's Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday.

Sam signed with the Alouettes last month before storming off and leaving the team just 24 days after inking his contract. He allegedly left the team because he sensed he wasn't going to make the final roster. After 10 days away, Sam plans to be at team meetings this weekend. His football future remains bleak.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 08:50:00 AM

The Montreal Gazette is hearing DE Michael Sam left the CFL's Alouettes because he sensed he was going to get cut.

Sam walked away the team for "personal reasons" before their exhibition opener and is not expected back. From the Gazette: "The latest theory concerning Sam’s departure was that he simply wasn’t good enough to make the roster, sensed this and left to save himself and the organization embarrassment." It's looking more and more unlikely that Sam will become the NFL's first openly gay player.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 10:38:00 AM

DE Michael Sam left the Montreal Alouettes and been placed on their suspended list.

Sam walked away from the Alouettes one day before their exhibition opener, citing personal reasons. No one seems to know or be willing to say what those personal reasons are. "He wanted to go home, and that's what he did," GM Jim Popp said. "I don't know why. When a guy wants to go home, they go home. He had some personal things to take care of. I wouldn't be surprised if he returns. I'm surprised he left. I was very surprised. If he doesn't come back, I would think football's over for him." This will not help Sam in his quest to become the NFL's first openly gay player.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 08:18:00 AM

Former Rams and Cowboys DE Michael Sam has signed with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.

Kudos to Sam for heading north of the border. His NFL market had dried up after stints with the Rams and Cowboys last season. The CFL is an even pass-happier league, which will allow Sam to hone his craft as a pass rusher. He simply doesn't possess the speed or bend-ability to consistently get after the quarterback in the big leagues. Maybe Sam will get another shot at the NFL in a couple years.
Fri, May 22, 2015 10:52:00 AM

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.
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 01:47:00 PM

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.
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 11:20:00 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.
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 05:22:00 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
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 08:46:00 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

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