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CFL eyeing Michael Sam if he doesn't stick in St. Louis

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The Canadian Football League wants to give Rams defensive end Michael Sam a shot if he doesn't make it to the NFL.

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The Montreal Alouettes of the CFL want to talk to St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam. The Mizzou product is on the team's negotiation list, and if he doesn't make the final cut for an NFL roster this year, the Alouettes want to give him a chance, according to the MMQB.

Montreal general manager Jim Popp thinks Sam's ability would translate well as a pass rusher in the CFL. Here's Popp From the MMQB piece:

"He has the skill set to rush the passer and he is not your prototypically sized guy rushing the passer in the NFL. He would be a great fit for the CFL if it doesn't work [in St. Louis]."

Sam has an uphill battle to make the Rams roster, mostly because the Rams are already stacked at defensive end with some pretty serious financial commitments to the current group of players.

If Sam doesn't make the final 53-man roster, he'd be a candidate for the practice squad, and could opt for that instead of playing in the CFL. Another NFL team could sign him off the Rams practice squad and to their active roster.