Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) runs on the field before the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri beat Oklahoma State 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Sam's Agent Thinks the Chargers would be a Good Fit

The Chargers made a bold move during the 2013 draft. They traded up 9 spots in the 2nd round to select Manti Te’o out of Notre Dame after his poor National Championship game, poor combine, but most importantly, his catfish scandal. The Chargers made waves with that pick. Not due to the flood of reporters talking to Te’o, but for the lack of them. Coach McCoy and TT had a plan for how they would handle the situation, and they executed it flawlessly.

Te’o was no more of a distraction than anyone else on the team. His name came up more often in wondering when he would return from a foot injury that sidelined him for the first few games of his career. Let’s face it. Manti Te’o may never get past being introduced in articles, news, or even highlights as the one with a catfish scandal, but it doesn’t matter. The media flame died down, and now, regardless of the faint memory of Lennay Kekua and that guy that was way too good at impersonating her, Te’o is just a football player. A developing starter in the NFL.

The plan to restrict media availability to Te’o until the distraction died down has earned the Chargers locker room a reputation for acceptance and trust. So much so that the Michael Sam, who recently admitted his homosexuality, is apparently looking at the Chargers, who desperately need health and talent at OLB, as a potential fit. Here’s what his agent, who is based in LA, had to say about the match (via Michael Gehlken at UT):

“You know, I think the Chargers would be a great fit for him, especially considering the way that they handled the Manti Te’o issue. It seemed to blow over very easily once the first game had happened. I think that’d be a great spot for him to land. And he’d be close to us.”

It is an interesting proposition. Michael Sam was not the player Te’o was in college. Te’o was a superstar that resurrected a once dominant program and could really only fall so far.  Sam is a marginal prospect at best, recording 11.5 sacks and 19 TFL this year for Mizzou. He could very well be worth a 4th or 5th pick and the new Chargers regime have shown they can downplay unnecessary media hoopla. Regardless of whether TT and McCoy like him enough as a football player to give him a chance, I have to say I am very proud of the front office for the way they handled Te’o and the culture they built in such a short time.

What do you think? Should we give Michael Sam a chance? How do you think the front office would handle the situation?

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  • Julien Bélair

    I would LOVE it and I think mickael Sam has some JJ in terms of intensity, leadership and aggressiveness him but with better skills to rush the passer.

  • Cgoodness13

    Honestly, I think at most we should draft a pass rusher in the 3rd round :/ we already have 3 starters in Ingram, Johnson, and Freeney plus we have English and Williams as depth. Sorry but NT and CB are way to big of needs rather than spending a 1st round pick for someone who’s going to get buried in the depth chart. If TT thinks he can start day one over everyone else we have at OLB than I’ll trust the pick but we need new starters at CB and NT.

    • Captain Kush

      Johnson and Freeney are old and on there way out so TT needs to draft a pass rusher.

    • Conor Cahill

      he wont be picked higher than the 4th round

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    I get the feeling that people are trying to force him onto the Chargers. Just because you CAN handle the situation, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. That’s all great for Sam, but I keep hearing words like marginal tossed around. I don’t think TT will take him, even if he’s there… unless there literally is no other player that fits a need. If he is BPA, then fine. I just don’t have a good feeling about this.

  • shane

    difference between te’o and sam, te’o was an incident that got blown WAY out of proportion, the longer time goes on people forget about it…people won’t forget that sam is and always will be the first gay guy in the NFL…if he’s bpa and fits a need thats one thing, but to take him b/c we can…screw that.

  • tubbs45

    4th round talent. I’d be happy with that pick in the 4th. Give him a year to develop with some veteran mentorship, some strength build up, and time for the media to shut-the-F up… He will be a good pass rusher…


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