The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League announced Friday that they have signed Sam to a two-year deal. Sam spent parts of last season with the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys, but did not play a regular-season snap for either team.


Alouettes GM Jim Popp says, “With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today. Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Sam signed a one-year deal with an option year, according to Sam’s agent, Joe Barkett. Sam became the first openly gay player in NFL history when he was selected by St. Louis in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Sam played in four preseason games with the Rams, totalling three sacks and 11 tackles, before being cut by the team. He joined the Cowboys’ practice squad on Sept. 3 and was waived six weeks later.

Sam recently participated in the NFL veterans combine where according to reports he looked “Terrible”.