At long last, it appears that former Missouri Tigers defensive end and NFL seventh-round pick Michael Sam has found a team. Per a report from the team’s official Twitter page, the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League have signed the man who became the first openly gay player in the NFL.
Welcome to Montreal Michael Sam!
— Alouettes de Montréal (@MTLAlouettes) May 22, 2015
The 6’3, 255 pound Sam registered 111 tackles, 18.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in four years at Missouri and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year his senior season. He came out in February 2014 and was drafted with the 249th overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in that year’s draft. Though he showed potential in the preseason, he was cut from the team and later on signed with the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad before being released again.
Since then, Sam has appeared on Dancing With The Stars and participated in the NFL Veterans Combine this year in hopes of latching on with another team. No NFL teams were interested, and now he will have the opportunity to head north of the border and play in a league where he can hone his craft better.
Despite his talent, Sam is a bit small for the NFL and lacks the speed necessary to be a consistent pass rusher. Since the CFL tends to be pass-happy, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to work on rushing the pocket better and hopefully get another chance in the NFL soon.
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