Just a few days after being cut by the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam is reportedly close to getting another chance to fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL. According to a report by ESPN Tuesday, Sam is flying into Dallas on Tuesday night and is scheduled to take a physical for the Cowboys Wednesday.
A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that if Sam passes his physical, the Cowboys intend to sign him to their practice squad. Sam, who is seeking to become the first openly gay athlete to play in the NFL, was drafted with the No. 249 pick overall by the Rams. After a solid preseason performance, the Rams cut Sam on Saturday.
Sam was then free to sign with any team after he cleared waivers Sunday. But until now, no team showed interest in signing the defensive end. Many experts have cited Sam’s lack of versatility as a defensive end as the reason why no team had interest, but questions have arose as to whether the real reason being because of Sam’s sexuality and the potential distraction signing him could bring.
Whatever the reason, it appears Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys are prepared to give Michael Sam a new home. The potential signing coincides with an announcement made by the Cowboys on Tuesday that rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was placed on injured reserve with a designated to return tag. Sam would be signed to the 10-man practice squad to provide depth, but could play in an actual game if needed.