Hundreds of players were cut from NFL teams last week, but only one player was special enough to have league officials call around trying to get him a job.
Gee, we wonder why that might have been?
According to NBC’s Peter King, NFL officials called teams around the league to gauge their interest in signing former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, to their practice squads.
The Cowboys signed Sam to their practice squad Wednesday. Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams but didn’t make the Rams’ 53-man roster.
King reported the news about Sam during the pre-game show before NBC’s coverage of the NFL regular-season opener between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.
“The Rams waived Michael Sam, the first openly gay player trying to make an NFL roster, he was unemployed for two days,” King said. “During that time a league official contacted multiple teams asking if they had evaluated Sam as a probable practice squad player.”
Now you have hundreds of players scratching their heads wondering why they don’t matter. If the league is trying to foster resentment against a player for getting special privileges, then job well done. What would have been delicious is if the Washington Redskins signed him. Now that would have left the agitators truly baffled.