Some think the Rams did the NFL a favor by using the 249th overall pick in the draft on defensive end Michael Sam. Now, it appears that the NFL asked multiple teams to do Sam a favor by giving him a job, after the Rams cut him.
Peter King of TheMMQB.com reported during Thursday night’s pregame show on NBC that the NFL contacted multiple teams regarding their potential interest in signing Sam as a practice-squad player.
It’s unclear whether the NFL contacted the Cowboys or whether the Cowboys opted to sign Sam on their own. Regardless, it will be interesting to see what happens if/when the Cowboys move on from Sam.
The effort to find a job for the NFL’s first openly gay player shows that Sam will indeed be treated differently than other players. The fact that the Cowboys reportedly called current players to gauge the reaction to adding Sam before doing so underscores that reality.
It shouldn’t be that way. Hopefully, at some point it won’t be.