[Ed. – Hard as I tried, I just couldn’t stretch this one any longer. So I went to Slate for some help putting this epic move in perspective. The inventive Mr. Ben Mathis-Lilley has come up with the unique theory that Sam on the practice squad will help make up for the loss of DeMarcus Ware on the starting roster (which is, in fact, epic).
In Sam, Jones has found a player that will not only make headlines but could also legitimately address an area of on-field need. The team lost star defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware in the offseason, and even before Ware’s departure, the line did a poor job of attacking opposing quarterbacks, finishing 25th out of the league’s 32 teams in quarterback sacks. As alluded to in the Schefter tweet above, Sam has shown early promise as a professional pass rusher, and in college last year he led the highly competitive Southeastern Conference in sacks.
In fact, during the preseason Michael Sam sacked Johnny Manziel twice. One imagines Jerry Jones was watching.
Um, yeah. The Cowboys’ defensive ranking last year had a lot to more do with bringing in 4,000-year-old Monte Kiffin to make an on-the-fly switch to an unfamiliar 4-3 defense that basically ignored DeMarcus Ware’s strengths, using him to plug the line instead of rush the quarterback. And whoa, it UGLY. Weeks at a time. But stay cute, Ben Mathis-Lilley.]
Michael Sam is flying into Dallas on Tuesday night and will take a physical for the Cowboys on Wednesday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
If Sam passes his physical, the Cowboys intend to sign him to their practice squad, the source said.
Sam, who is seeking to become the first openly gay athlete to play in the NFL, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. …