The Ravens were reported to be on the short list of teams for Michael Sam had the Rams not drafted him. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Bears, Giants, and Ravens were prepared to offer Sam a free agent opportunity, as were the Rams if they had not drafted him.
Sam drew worldwide media attention on Saturday as the first openly gay player to be drafted, receiving congratulations from President Obama and countless others. Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith also congratulated Sam via Twitter.
The Rams seem like a nice location for Sam, close to the University of Missouri where he played college football. Had the Ravens signed Sam, he would have needed an impressive summer to earn a roster spot on a team that tilted its draft toward defense. However, at the combine, general manager Ozzie Newsome said he was not concerned about Sam fitting smoothly into the Ravens’ locker room culture.
“He’s been a good player, he’s the locker room,” Newsome said in February. “It’s what you, the media, what are you all going to do with it? I mean, once he gets in and he can rush the quarterback, get the quarterback on the ground and make tackles, he’s going to be a good teammate. But the biggest thing is how the media is going to deal with it.
“This is something that’s new to the league. We all have to adapt to it. I think our locker room has had the tendency to adapt to things a lot smoother than maybe the media does.”
Now Sam hopes to earn a roster spot with the Rams. Apparently, another opportunity for Sam would have been available with the Ravens.