Free-agent defensive end
"I did everything I was supposed to do. I did everything right," Sam said. "I am proud of how I handled things."
Sam dismissed the notion that his sexuality cost him a spot on an NFL team, adding, "But I do believe I'm a very talented football player and I'm going to continue working hard and try to get that opportunity to play in the league."
Sam was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Rams after being named the SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year. He didn't survive final preseason cuts and spent seven weeks on the Cowboys' practice squad before being released.
"We felt like it was a good move for our football team right now," head coach Jason Garrett said, per the team's official website. "I don’t like to talk about who’s on our board and who’s off our board, but obviously he was a very good player in college. His track record speaks for itself."
Sam, who did not make the Rams' 53-man roster after being selected in the seventh round, passed through waivers unclaimed. He would have the opportunity to earn significant playing time in Dallas, as the Cowboys project to be a below-average pass-rushing defense.
Sam led the team in the preseason with three sacks and was among its leaders with 11 total tackles. He has expressed confidence that he will be playing for some NFL team this fall.
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