The Montreal Alouettes hold defensive end Michael Sam’s rights in the CFL. Their General Manager believes Sam may indeed choose to give Canadian football a try.
“The CFL is cut out perfectly for his style,” Popp told the Montreal Gazette. “It would give him the opportunity to do what he does best.
“His agent knows. They’re ready. They know this may be what it is. It’s Michael who has to make the decision — and he might never come.”
Popp is hesitant because it appeared in 2014 that Sam may join the CFL, but he didn’t.
“The indications were he was ready to come last fall, and he’s still not with us,” Popp said. “So I really don’t know. Seriously, I’d say our chances are 50-50.”
If Sam wants to play in the NFL, it should be more like 100-0. Unwanted by the NFL after leaving Penn State in 2005, Cameron Wake went to the CFL, became a star pass rusher, signed with the Dolphins in 2008, and became a star pass rusher.
So if Sam is serious about getting to the NFL, Sam can show up for the Veteran Combine every year and wait for a call that’s never going to come, or he can go to the CFL and try to play his way to the NFL. Of course, there’s a chance he may fail. But if he’s determined to get to the NFL, that shouldn’t stop him from trying.