In what has to be considered surprising move, the St. Louis Rams have released rookie seventh-round pick Michael Sam. The Missouri product made news by publicly announcing that he was gay leading up to the NFL draft this past May.
No history yet…Rams released DE Michael Sam. Prime practice-squad candidate.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2014
The talented sack artist had performed extremely well throughout training camp and the preseason. He recorded two sacks and four quarterback hurries in four preseason games.
Some expected the Rams to hold on to Sam, because it’s highly unlikely that he will be eligible for the practice squad. While not necessarily a stand-out pass rusher on tape, the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year has been extremely productive wherever he has played.
In order for Sam to make it to the Rams practice squad, the other 31 teams would have to pass up on him throughout the waiver process. If he’s picked up by another team, Sam automatically earns a spot on a 53-man roster.
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