St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam has been released by the team on the final day of roster cuts.
The St. Louis Rams have decided to release defensive end Michael Sam, who was selected in the seventh round. Sam had a memorable preseason as he led the team with three sacks and had six tackles in the final game. The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year constantly made headlines for being the first openly gay player to be drafted.
The Rams have a crowded defensive end unit with Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Eugene Sims and William Hayes. They have decided to keep undrafted free-agent rookie Ethan Westbrooks instead.
It remains to be seen which team will claim Sam off waivers and if he will still be considered a distraction by teams.
Here is a tweet from ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter breaking the news that may be shocking to some fans.
No history yet…Rams released DE Michael Sam. Prime practice-squad candidate.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2014