As all 32 NFL teams round out their 90-man rosters for June mini camps, defensive end Michael Sam is still not with a team. All told, 2,880 players will be on an NFL roster for mini camps - and it is increasingly looking like Sam won't be one of them. That is absurd.
It's relatively shocking that someone with Sam's production wouldn't even be on a 90-man roster. People could debate whether this team or that team would have him on their 53-man active roster, but 90 people? He easily made the St. Louis Rams' 75-man roster last season and was one of the last players cut before the mandatory limit of 53. The Rams filled out their 90-man roster earlier this week.
We can debate Sam's size and speed and everything else, but you can't debate 1) his production on the field, 2) his desire to excel in the sport of football and 3) that he is one of the 2,880 best football players in the country.
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We have chronicled at length all of the qualifications that should make Sam a shoe-in for a 90-man roster spot, and that should have placed him on someone's active roster last season. It's absurd to think Sam's potential in the League, given his production in college and the preseason, doesn't warrant a spot. Instead, it's been crickets from the NFL teamswishing "the Michael Sam issue" would just go away.
All you have to do to understand what this is about is read the quotes various NFL team executives gave to Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel when Sam came out. "It'd chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room," one executive said.
There are certainly some spots open here or there, and players are moved all the time. But it's looking like a sure bet now that if Sam is to play football in 2015, it will start this June with the Montreal Allouettes in the Canadian Football League.