Ah, what a joy it is to report some football related Michael Sam news.
After a forgettable showing at the NFL veteran’s combine, Sam may have dashed any hopes to suit up in the NFL this season. However, just because the NFL might not be calling, doesn’t mean Sam will necessarily have to sit out of football altogether.
USA Today is reporting that Jim Popp, general manager of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes has expressed some interest in the possibility of bringing Sam in. He recently spoke to the Montreal Gazette about the chances he’d pursue Sam:
“The CFL is cut out perfectly for [Sam’s] style. It would give him the opportunity to do what he does best.”
“His agent knows. They’re ready. They know this [CFL] may be what it is. It’s Michael who has to make the decision — and he might never come.”
“The indications were he was ready to come last fall, and he’s still not with us. So I really don’t know. Seriously, I’d say our chances are 50/50.”
The CFL makes sense for Sam. If he really wants another shot at the NFL, he’ll need to impress general managers by dominating lesser competition.
It’s not as if Sam can’t play. Everyone is well aware of his college production and SEC defensive player of the year award, however, at this point it’s about showing what he can do NOW.
A strong showing in the CFL would do tons for Sam’s NFL aspirations. Much more than dancing with the stars or media appearances ever could.
[h/t USA Today]