It may have been a bit of a surprise, but Michael Sam did not make the final cuts for the St. Louis Rams. Some thought that because he didn’t make the team, he would be signed to the practice squad. However, he declined that opportunity. I think it is the right call, but I am saying that with reservations.
Sam should be given all the credit in the world. He is very brave to come out in a very macho environment and let everyone know that he is gay. We should live in a society where this wouldn’t matter. Unfortunately, it still does to many people. Sam may face difficulties finding another NFL job, and it could be due to the fact that some teams would consider him a distraction. One GM has already gone on record to express that.
Sam showed during the preseason that he had serious skills and that he can be a solid pass-rush specialist. He won a lot of fans over for sacking Johnny Manziel, and would definitely fill a need for a team that could use some help on the defensive line. But will another team be willing to take on the attention that Sam brings with him?
The Rams were, and that is where my reservations come from. Maybe he wouldn’t be on the active roster, but at least he would be in the organization. If an injury were to happen, he would potentially be at the front door of being on the team. However, when you look closer at the Rams, it looks apparent that Sam probably did the right thing.
The Rams have a very deep defensive line, and there could be a chance that Sam wouldn’t play at all. He seems like a person who is very confident in who he is. He thinks he can be on an active roster with his skills. Based on what he has shown, some team could take a chance on him and be glad they did.
I could see maybe a team like the New England Patriots giving Sam a chance and not worrying about anything else other than if he can fit in the program. Here’s hoping he made the right call.