Michael Sam may be back in the NFL soon. According to Adam Schefter, the defensively-challenged Dallas Cowboys plan on bringing Sam in for a workout, and if all goes well, will sign him to the practice squad.
You would think this is a formality given the news it will generate; the Cowboys aren’t going to want to become the focus unless they were wanting to move forward assuming he passes the physical.
Sam was cut by the Rams Saturday, and went unclaimed by every other team in the league. Sam hasn’t shown the ability to drop back into coverage as a linebacker, and he’s not going to be on special teams coverage, making him, essentially, a 1-dimensional defensive player. And for his position – defensive end – he’s too small to play in a 3-4, leaving him as the end in a 4-3.
And then there’s the ESPN angle. Dallas owner Jerry Jones–no stranger to off-the-field headlines–is aware that ESPN will immediately dispatch a reporter to the facility, so as not to miss “history.” Would ESPN flood the zone with Sam coverage if he were only on the practice squad, or would it wait until he made the team?
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