Less than a year ago, the future looked bright for Michael Sam. Being named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC and a unanimous All-American selection all but ensured he would be taken in an early round of the NFL draft. After all, in the eleven year history of the SEC award, only one player had slipped outside of the first two rounds – Chad Lavalais back in 2003.
While the player Sam split the award with, Alabama’s C.J. Mosley, was selected number 17 overall by the Baltimore Ravens and is currently 6th in the NFL in tackles, the odds that Michael Sam ever gets to play a snap in the NFL seems to be getting slimmer and slimmer.
It’s gotten to the point where analysts at FootballBettingCenter.com believe Michael Sam is more likely to do a national TV interview with Oprah or play in the Canadian Football League than to take the field in an NFL jersey.
Here are the odds of Michael Sam playing this season, according to the betting site:
Odds Michael Sam will be signed by another NFL Team this season: 6/1
Odds Michael Sam will play in an NFL game this season: 20/1
Odds Michael Sam will be signed by a CFL team in the next year: 4/1
Odds Michael Sam will be signed to play in the new FXFL in the next year: 1/2
Odds Michael Sam will appear in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in the next year: 1/20
You can bet on which NFL team would sign him, too. Right now, the front-runners are the New York Jets at 4/1 odds, followed by Oakland (8/1), Washington (10/1), Atlanta (15/1), and Buffalo (25/1).