Michael Sam has apparently found his next NFL job with the Dallas Cowboys.
Sam, the defensive end seeking to become the NFL’s first openly gay player, will undergo a physical at the Cowboys headquarters on Wednesday, with the team poised to sign him to their 10-man practice squad, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.
It would create an intriguing mix with Sam joining arguably the NFL’s highest-profiled franchise amid the enormous presence he has enjoyed for his social statement.
The St. Louis Rams released the seventh-round pick on their final cut-down to 53 players on Saturday. But despite posting a team-high three sacks in preseason, Sam went unclaimed by the other 31 NFL teams and the Rams did not re-sign him to the practice squad.
Yet the Cowboys could use the help for their injury-depleted defense that is challenged to improve after ranking last in the NFL in 2013.
Of the 41 players drafted in the seventh-round in May, only eight were unsigned on Tuesday, including Sam. Twenty-one seventh-round picks made their team’s 53-man roster out of training, while six others were already signed to a practice squads, and six were on injury-related reserve lists (injured reserve, reserve-physically unable to perform, or reserve-non football injury).