MONTREAL — Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada.
Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league.
General manager Jim Popp considered Sam’s sexuality a nonissue.
“Michael Sam is a very good football player, and that’s the reason we signed him,” Popp said. “He’s an outstanding pass rusher.”
He also was unemployed after failing to stick with two NFL teams last season.
Sam came out before last year’s NFL draft. He was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams and cut in training camp. The Dallas Cowboys signed him to their practice squad but released him in October. Sam then made another unsuccessful attempt at an NFL job at this year’s veterans combine.
Article continues below“I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal,” Sam said in a statement.
The 25-year-old defensive end will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday in Montreal and report to training camp the following day. The regular season opens June 25 when Montreal hosts Ottawa.