The speculation started yesterday about Michael Sam signing with the Dallas Cowboys, and it became official on Wednesday. Sam was signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad, and is expected to practice today.
On the surface, it seems like a marriage made in heaven. Jerry Jones gets the media attention that he so desperately craves, the Cowboys add a pass rusher to their decimated defense, and Sam doesn’t have to go looking for reality television shows to scrounge up a paycheck.
I am pulling for Sam. I admire his courage, I recognize his rightful place in NFL history as a true pioneer. However, as far as the Cowboys are concerned, this reeks of a publicity stunt. Sure, the Cowboys boast one of the worst defenses in the league, and there are reasons to believe this could at least partially be be a football move; but come on, we all know what the Cowboys are really about.
Jones recently stated that the Cowboys are the glamor and glitz of the NFL, and this is about as glamorous and glitzy as it gets.
Sam is a good pass rusher, but struggles in almost every other aspect of the game. Had he shown even average skills as a special teamer, he probably would have made the St. Louis Rams‘ 53-man roster. He is not a good run stopper, and he struggles immensely if he has to ever drop back into coverage.
I imagine that we will see Sam get promoted to the active roster at some point this season, if for no other reason than the Cowboys being absolutely decimated on the defensive side of the ball. He will get his chance, and I hope he succeeds, but I have my doubts.