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Michael Sam would be a force in CFL, general manager says

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The Montreal Alouettes don't expect any decision until after the NFL draft.

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If Michael Sam decides to head north and play in the Canadian Football League, the team that drafted him thinks he will be a force as a player.

"He is what everybody would like to have coming off that edge," Montreal Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp told the Toronto Sun. "He'll make us better if we can get him."

Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, would play for Montreal if he decides to the CFL, but Popp said any decision is at least a month away.

"If it's gonna happen, the earliest would be mid-May," Popp said. "It's going to be after the NFL draft. He's probably going to see if there's one more chance somewhere. Then that still doesn't mean he's coming here. I'm sure he's got other opportunities like TV or whatever."

Sam might thrive in the CFL if he is not signed by an NFL team. It might be the best route he has to eventually getting an NFL offer by showing what he can do on the field in meaningful games. This was a route taken by Cameron Wake of the Miami Dolphins, another player who was first cut by an NFL team before heading to the CFL and resurrecting his pro career.