Michael Sam has earned the right to play ball

Michael Sam proved that he could contribute to an NFL team. He had an impressive preseason, racking up 11 tackles and three sacks in total, including a team-leading six takedowns in the final game versus the Dolphins on Thursday. For those that might have been worried that Sam’s sexuality would be a factor in St. Louis’s decision, that wasn’t the case. Sam was judged on his performance on the field and in practice alone…

If he does leave St. Louis, a pass rush-needy team like the Dallas Cowboys might be tempted to add him. The Washington Post spoke to an unnamed NFL front office executive about his chances: “I do think there’s a chance of that. He played well enough [during the preseason] for a team with a need on the defensive line to consider that. He would have to be clearly better than the guy you already have as your last defensive lineman on your roster, and he’d have more to learn about your system than that guy. So that’s tough. But you never know.”