Patriots, Ravens, Falcons, Colts Browns and Jets showing interest in Michael Sam

6 NFL teams are showing the most interest in Michael Sam so far

4/16/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers Michael Sam rue the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsBarring a ground-breaking revelation from a current player in the league, former Missouri linebacker Michael Sam is poised to be the first openly gay player in the NFL.

As teams prepare to draft their next batch of rookies, there are a few teams who have shown more interest in Sam than others.

According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the Patriots, Colts, Jets, Browns, Ravens and Falcons are the teams who have shown the most interest so far in possibly drafting Michael Sam.

For each of those teams, the interest in Sam is most likely a result of different thought processes. Some teams are crossing Sam off their draft board, because of the 'distraction' factor, thinking that his sexual orientation might prove to elicit more media attention than some teams want.

The Ravens, Patriots, Colts and Falcons have a strong leadership structure, and they would most likely be able to keep the media storm to a minimum, while also squashing potential bullying and other ridiculous behavior.

The Jets and Browns, on the other hand, are more likely interested in Sam because of the potential attention that it could bring to their respective franchises, both of which have been rather pathetic over the past few seasons.

That might not be the best idea in the world, and Sam should be drafted based on his ability and his fit with the team, rather than media concerns. That having been said, it's likely that the media (and their agenda) will play a huge role in where he ends up.
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