A separate report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com said the Cowboys were exploring the possibility of signing Sam to their practice squad. He also reported that if he passes a physical, the Cowboys will sign him.
Dallas personnel reportedly called members of the team on Tuesday to see how players would react to Sam joining the Cowboys, according to NFL.com.
Earlier Tuesday, owner Jerry Jones was asked in a radio interview if the Cowboys, considered to have one of the weaker defensive end corps in the NFL, would be interested in adding Sam. From The Dallas Morning News:
“I don’t want to talk about available players,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “Not necessarily a player, but just available players. It’s not good strategy. We’ve got competition out here. We’ve got a lot of reasons for not talking about maybes.”
Sam, who became the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft when St. Louis picked him in the seventh round this year, did not make the Rams' roster and was not signed to their practice squad after clearing waivers. He is free to sign with any team.
The 24-year-old compiled three sacks and 11 tackles over four preseason games with St. Louis, which is considered to have one of the deepest defensive lines in the league.
Former Colts coach Tony Dungy, who came under scrutiny in July for saying he wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam because he "wouldn't want to deal with all of it," has commended Sam for his play during the preseason.
In his final season at Missouri, Sam recorded 11.5 sacks and was named the SEC's defensive player of the year.
Cowboys plan to bring Michael Sam to Dallas for a physical Wednesday, per team source. If all goes well, Sam will be a Cowboy.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2014
Source: #Cowboys are doing research and due diligence into the plan of signing DE Michael Sam to their practice squad.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2014
- Chris Johnson