Sasser reverts to NFI for 2015, won’t receive salary

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Rams sixth-round receiver Bud Sasser went unclaimed through waivers on Friday, which means he has reverted to the team’s non-football illness list for the rest of the 2015 season. It also means he’ll receive no further pay.

Per a league source, the Rams won’t be exercising the option to pay Sasser while on NFI.

The pay-or-don’t-pay decision is up to the team. In this case, the Rams opted to sign Sasser at a slotted signing bonus of more than $113,000. In theory, the Rams could have simply rescinded their rights to him upon discovering that he has a heart condition that, in the opinion of the Rams, prevents him from playing.

The Rams could release him from NFI at any time, and that could be something Sasser wants, given that he believes he can play. He agent has said that Sasser has received clearance from the Mayo Clinic.

The Rams see it otherwise, and apparently so do the other 31 teams. Sasser would have been a bargain via waivers, given that the Rams already paid the signing bonus. If he had been claimed, a new team could have given him its own examination before deciding whether to let him play.

The Rams see the risk as unacceptable, and it’s apparently not a position that will change. Moving forward, the biggest question becomes whether the Rams at some point will relinquish his rights. If/when Sasser is available, the question then becomes whether another team will clear him to play.

For now, Sasser’s NFL career will consist of a $113,000 parting gift from the team that drafted him.

11 responses to “Sasser reverts to NFI for 2015, won’t receive salary

  1. Peterson must be livid that Sasser doesn’t have a guaranteed contract. It’s not right to get paid $113,000 for not even playing a single play in the NFL.

  2. It’s unfortunate for Sesser but that’s a huge health risk that a team cannot take regardless of what one doctor says, when multiple doctors said that don’t see him playing with it and that it won’t get better over time. I hoped that it won’t as bad as expected and that he could have somewhat of a successful career but with everything wrong going on in the NFL the last thing that they need is a death on the field.

  3. Does Jeff Fisher like crushing young people’s hopes?

    First, he doesn’t put Michael Sam on the practice squad after all those sacks and now this to Sasser?

    Gee, no wonder why Zac Stacy hates him too, but follows me on Twitter.

  4. rajbais says:
    Jun 7, 2015 6:52 PM
    Does Jeff Fisher like crushing young people’s hopes?
    First, he doesn’t put Michael Sam on the practice squad after all those sacks and now this to
    Sasser?
    Gee, no wonder why Zac Stacy hates him too, but follows me on Twitter.

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    First the Rams were deep at defensive line so practice squading a player at a position you’re deep at to a position that you need help at is dumb, second Bud has a heart disorder that multiple doctors says that they can’t see him playing with it, third Zac Stacy is a dime a dozen back Fisher did him a favor by trading him he could have kept him through training camp than released him, and lastly who in the hell cares that he follows you on twitter

  5. Does not seem fair to not pay him while at the same time preventing him from pursuing an opportunity elsewhere.

  6. floratiotime says:
    Jun 7, 2015 6:28 PM
    Some dirtbag team will eventually sign him

    Something tells me that you have a inner look at the dieting mind.

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