ESPN cited a source close to Sam as saying that the defensive end had not been claimed by any team.
Sam, the 2013 Southeastern Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year, was one of 10 defensive linemen on the final bubble as the Rams contemplated the makeup of their final 53-man roster.
“The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues,” Sam wrote on Twitter after he was cut Saturday. “I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level. I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career.”
Sam is the first openly-gay player in the NFL. He has received national attention since coming out before the draft in May.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher explained his rationale for parting with the seventh-round draft pick.
“It was a football decision and it was no different than any other decision that we make,” he said. “It was a football decision back in May to draft Mike. And once again, it's been all about football. I will tell you this: I was pulling for Mike. I really was. I don't say that very often, but Mike came in here and did everything that we asked him to do.”
Sam is a candidate to join the Rams' 10-player practice squad, or the practice squad of another team. Official practice squad transactions can be made Sunday.
But Sam was released right at the NFL's official deadlilne of 4 p.m. ET Saturday.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun