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
The talk around the league today is about Michael Sam coming out and revealing that he is gay. Sam is a defensive end out of Missouri that is entering the NFL draft and is a solid football player. He is projected to be drafted in the 3rd round of the draft. Some teams are going to be hesitant picking up Sam with this latest controversy. He is going to bring a lot of media around him and he may bring some division in the locker room.
What team would be able to handle that type of attention?
The San Diego Chargers made a controversial pick last season when they traded up to select Manti Te’o in the 2nd round of the draft. He was involved in that catfish deal and the media wanted to follow that story for a while. The team was good about limiting his interaction and they were able to squash any story that the media tried to make of it. Mike McCoy is tight lipped about anything that happens in the locker room and the players on the team does a good job of keeping quiet as well.
Would the Chargers want to make another move that will bring a media frenzy to the team? The Chargers do need pass rushers. Sam looks like he would be able to help the team out on that end. If it was all about football skill, the Chargers should be interested in picking up Sam in the draft. IF….