The former Missouri Tiger pass-rushing behemoth Michael Sam is on his way to Dallas. According to reports, which say Sam will undergo a physical on Wednesday: if he passes, the Cowboys will sign him to the 10-player practice squad.
Sam, the 2013 co-defensive player of the year for the SEC, was drafted out of Mizzou where, in his senior season, he had 48 tackles, 12 sacks and had his hand in 3 turnovers and finished his college career in style, being arguably an MVP in the team’s 41-31 Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State.
That game, his college finale, was coincidentally played in the Dallas Cowboys home venue, AT&T stadium. If he ends up getting to play in the silver and blue, he may very well see his pro career begin there.
The St. Louis Rams drafted Sam in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft, giving him his chance to break into the league.
He survived the initial round of cuts to take the team from 93 to 75 mid-last week. But he was cut over the weekend and failed to make the 10-man practice squad for the Rams.
Although the team that drafted him in May sincerely tried to find a fit for him and trained him throughout the offseason, they just couldn’t find a place on the roster. While they were impressed with his work ethic and his talent, the Rams made the difficult call to part ways.
However, it was widely believed that he would quickly be swooped up by another buyer.
It turns out that buyer is Owner/GM Jerry Jones’ Cowboys, who are in desperate need of pass rushing help, thanks to youth, injuries and losing its four best defensive players from a year ago.
Many speculated that the Cowboys would in fact be among the top suitors for Sam, who showed promise during off season workouts, training camp, and in four preseason games.
Unfortunately, if there is one team that does not need help in its pass rush, it’s the St. Louis Rams.
With any other team, many believed he would have survived the cuts to the 53-man roster. That is why Dallas stands to be Sam’s best chance at taking an NFL snap.
The Cowboys open their season Sunday when San Francisco visits the big stadium in Arlington, Texas.