Michael Sam appears poised to join a new NFL team.
Sam flew into Dallas Tuesday night and looks to take a physical on Wednesday. Should the examination award Sam a clean bill of health, the Cowboys will likely sign the rookie defensive end to their practice squad.
The deal makes sense for both parties. Depleted by free agency and injuries, the Dallas defensive line needs depth. Sam, who performed well in the preseason with three sacks, provides the Cowboys with a young player who can compete against NFL talent. Opportunities exist for Sam to move from the practice squad to the active roster should the unknown commodities on the defensive line falter. The Big D appears big enough to handle the other Big D–distraction–that NFL coaches and general managers fret over. Additionally, the fact that the Cowboys uniquely enjoy the profits from their merchandising means that Jerry Jones cashes in on one of the league’s top-jersey sellers should he pull the trigger on the deal.
The University of Missouri product failed to make the St. Louis Rams in the team’s final round of cuts. The seventh-round pick aims to become the first openly-gay player to compete in a regular-season NFL game.