ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Dallas Cowboys will bring in free agent defensive end Michael Sam for a physical Wednesday with the intention of signing the rookie to the team's practice squad.
DALLAS -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Dallas Cowboys will bring in free agent defensive end Michael Sam for a physical Wednesday with the intention of signing the rookie to the team's practice squad.
Sam, who was cut from the St. Louis Rams when they cut their active roster to 53 players, is the first openly-gay NFL player.
"Dallas D needs all the help it can get," Schefter tweeted. "Also, if Jerry Jones can't sell Johnny [Manziel] jerseys, might as well sell Michael Sam jerseys."
Sam's St. Louis Rams jersey quickly climbed up the charts of the NFL's best sellers since he was drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 draft.
The Cowboys ranked dead last in the NFL in total defense last season and lost several starters in the offseason. Sam was the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year at the University of Missouri last season and a unanimous All-American.
Schefter said the team will bring in Sam for a physical Wednesday, and if all goes well, Sam will join the practice squad.
Each NFL team has a practice squad of eight players that are authorized to practice with the full team, but can't participate win games. Practice squad players earn a minimum of $6,300 per week during the season, for a total of $107,100 over the course of a 17-week season. They can be released at any point during the season or can be signed by other teams for their active 53-man roster to play in regular season games.
If Sam has a shot at making the jump from practice squad to 53-man roster with any team, it may be the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas has had more bad luck on the defensive front, losing second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence for a minimum of eight weeks with a foot injury. George Selvie, a breakout performer from last year, has a shoulder injury that could sideline him from game action as well.
Anthony Spencer, though removed from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, hasn't practiced yet and won't be able to play for at least a couple more weeks as he rehabs his surgically repaired knee.
Sam recorded 10 solo tackles and led the Rams with three sacks in the preseason, but was left off of a St. Louis roster that included five defensive ends ahead of him on the depth chart.
Sam has yet to respond to the report on social media. His last twitter post on his account @MichaelSamNFL was dated August 30: "I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level. I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career.
"The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues."