In a move that fits almost perfectly with the team needs and scheme, the Dallas Cowboys have added DE Michael Sam.
The Dallas Cowboys made official the addition of DE Michael Sam to the practice squad in a press conference on Wednesday.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in NFL history, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday as part of the final 53-man roster cuts and was not added to the practice squad. After several days of waiting with no waiver claims and no signings as teams finished setting up their rosters, Sam was invited for a physical with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, and the decision to sign him to their practice squad was made official on Wedesnday morning.
The Cowboys struggles on defense have been well-documented. The team was dead last in yards allowed in 2013. Head coach Jason Garrett called the move strictly “a football move.”
“This is about football. We evaluated him as a football player and felt like he could help us as a football player. We want to see what he can do. Our attention and focus is on football. It’s on getting ready for the 49ers. That’s the culture that we have around here, that’s the culture that we continue to have,” Garrett said.
With very little proven success along the defensive line for the Cowboys, there is a strong chance that Sam could be activated and placed on the 53-man roster in the event of a injury.