Several Veteran Combine participants have signed NFL contracts

AP

The Veteran Combine was a rude awakening for some players, who came to the painful realization that they just don’t have it anymore. But for others, the Veteran Combine was a big opportunity.

In fact, several of the participants in the Veteran Combine have already signed with NFL teams, well in advance of the start of offseason work and the filling of teams’ 90-player rosters.

The most recent signing was Brandon Copeland, a free agent linebacker who got a spot on the Lions thanks to his showing at the Veteran Combine.

The Vikings have signed two players from the Veteran Combine, Mike Kafka and Caesar Rayford. The Cardinals signed two as well, Nathan Slaughter and Ifeanyi Momah. The Bucs signed Emmanuel Ogbuehi and Ben Gottschalk.

The Colts signed Deveron Carr. The Chargers added Michael Huey.

Some of the best-known players who worked out at the Veteran Combine remain unsigned. Running backs Michael Bush, Felix Jones and Mikel Leshoure are all still looking for work. Adam Carriker, who is years past the time when he looked like one of the NFL’s most promising defensive linemen, hasn’t signed despite working out and talking openly about how eager he is to get another shot.

And, of course, Michael Sam still hasn’t found a team willing to give him a shot to become the first openly gay player to play in a regular-season NFL game. The Veteran Combine was no guarantee of a job for those who attended. But it was a good opportunity for some.

26 responses to “Several Veteran Combine participants have signed NFL contracts

  1. Wow this is the same website that was on their soapbox screaming how this was a complete waste of time and how all the participants already had enough tape out there to evaluate and if they were going to be on a team they already would.

    It amazes me how often you guys slam something or someone for little to no reason! This site is becoming as bad as ESPN.

  2. Michal Sam hasn’t signed because HE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Not because he is gay. You’ld think you guys would get a clue. Teams are signing wife beaters, thieves and convicted drunk driving killers and you think they would shy away from the attention if the guy could play and do well for them because and dare I gasp at this point, because he is gay?

  3. And, of course, Michael Sam still hasn’t found a team willing to give him a shot to become the first openly gay player to play in a regular-season NFL game.

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    Because unlike the other players that signed from the Vet Combine Michael Sam does not have the skills/talent to play in the NFL.

  4. And, of course, Michael Sam still hasn’t found a team willing to give him a shot to become the first openly gay player to play in a regular-season NFL game.

    You say this like he’s somehow entitled to be in the NFL. He’s had plenty of a chances.

  5. its liberal America people. of course they are going to drive the Sam point home until someone gives into pressure. For goodness sake, I wish a team would put him on a roster for a game, play him a few snaps and be done with it. Tebow was driven out of the NFL despite winning and Sam will be driven into the NFL despite lack of talent.

  6. I think at this point we can just refer to him as Michael Sam, can’t we?

    In ever single article that references him, do you have to include some version of the phrase “he first openly gay player to play in a regular-season NFL game” ?

    We get it…

  7. While it may be true the Sam doesn’t have the skills to be in today’s NFL, to think his being openly gay has nothing to do with it is pure ignorance.

  8. I was kind of amazed at all of the vitriol that was spewed at the league over holding this combine.

    I personally didn’t see the harm in giving all of these guys a last shot. The argument that you already had all of the tape you needed seemed kind of lame to me. By that argument, there should be no rookie combine either since you already have plenty of game tape and you are going to see their pro day workouts anyway.

    The fact that this many guys are getting a shot is just icing on the cake. Even if only one or two got a shot, I think this is a worthwhile idea.

  9. A couple more interviews and Michael Sam won’t be the only openly gay nfl player. he feels slighted and he’s about to out some body (or bodies) out of frustration.

  10. “And, of course, Michael Sam, who ran a 40 time so slow he wouldn’t be able to beat Refrigerator Perry in a race, still hasn’t found a team willing to give him a shot to become the first openly gay player to play in a regular-season NFL game.”

    There, fixed it for you. I think it should be pretty clear by now based upon his performance that Michael Sam’s problem getting a job has nothing whatsoever to do with his being openly gay.

  11. Easy, people. Signing a contract to the 90 man squad is a little different than the 53 man roster. Most of these guys aren’t eligible for the practice squad as well.

    Wake me up when a vet combine participant makes the roster after camp.

  12. “Michael Sam still hasn’t found a team willing to give him a shot to become the first openly gay player ….”

    With that focus, he will never be signed, because Sam is more interested in being gay that being an NFL player.

    It’s obvious the main focus of the press has been Sam’s gayness, HE’S NOT A GOOD ENOUGH PLAYER!!!!!

    Too small and not strong enough to play defensive line, far too slow to play linebacker….. like thousands of good college players before him, Sam won’t be an NFL player, much less a star…. and it has NOTHING to do with his choice of sexual partners.

  13. I agree 100% with hippieway. Anyone that thinks Sam is playing on an even playing field doesn’t live in the real world. Why do you think most players stay in the closet? Some straight players have already said they are not comfortable with it. Most teams probably don’t want the extra attention or the possible disruption in the locker room. Since Sam is just a marginal talent, I can believe most teams don’t want to bother giving him a shot. He would have to have a lot more talent to overcome what teams probably perceive as a downside or more trouble than it’s worth.

  14. I think the NFL veterans combine was a shame to 90% of the participants and all the veterans that were denied access. The NFL misrepresented itself again. It was a JOKE….

  15. ” And, of course, Michael Sam still hasn’t found a team willing to give him a shot to become the first openly gay player to play in a regular-season NFL game.”

    No Michael Sam hasn’t found a team because he isn’t good enough, period. GOOD players PLAY, and are given multiple chances to ” fit in” on teams ,despite off field and locker room distractions. If people are dumb enough to believe there hasn’t been gay players BEFORE the “great” Michael Sam , they would buy the Brooklyn Bridge. Sam only “came out” for the publicity , the 15 minutes of fame and the money opportunities. He knew he had little to no NFL career, so he went another way. Good for him. However , he doesn’t deserve a special privilege to play in the NFL because he is gay. Nor does he deserve to be banned. The fact is, he simply isn’t good enough . Time to get over it

  16. Everybody knows there are gay players in the NFL, NFL players know there are gay players in the NFL and I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them already knew exactly who they were. Problem with Michael Sam is that he thinks he is some kind of superstar, but the measuring tape doesn’t lie … he’s not strong enough to play DL and he’s not fast enough to play LB. He simply doesn’t have the skill set necessary to play in the NFL. He’s not the first good/great college player never to make it.

  17. I find it funny how so many of the commenters say that Michael Sam can’t play. What a crock!

    Before coming out of the closet, he was projected to be a third round pick. THIRD ROUND!!! More stars are drafted there than in the first round! While not outstanding, he had a decent preseason with the Rams.

    Michael Sam is good enough to make over half the NFL teams 53 man roster this season. A shame none of them are willing to give him a chance!

  18. Michael Sam can play. He is just a second or third string defensive lineman. The problem is teams cant afford to save a roster spot for a second or third string D-lineman who cant play on the special teams unit. That’s why his situation is unique. He tried to slim down last year so that he could market that aspect of his game but he was unable to.

  19. nullaereale says:
    Apr 6, 2015 10:17 AM

    Michael Sam can play…

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    Nope, and he’s not working at it…he ran a 4.99 40 at the veteran combine after posting a 4.79 at the rookie combine. This would indicate that he is both too slow and not training seriously. If he had posted a 4.59 at the veteran combine, he’d be on a team right now.

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