On Monday, Michael Sam’s agent said the Chargers would be a “great fit” with his client, Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego reports.
Sam, a former Missouri pass rusher, announced Sunday he is gay. The projected mid-round selection is set to become the first openly gay NFL player when either drafted in May or, less likely, signed as an undrafted free agent.
He seemed to assimilate well with the Chargers. Joe Barkett, one of Sam’s reps at Empire Athletes, noticed.
“You know, I think the Chargers would be a great fit for him, especially considering the way that they handled the Manti Te’o issue,” Barkett said in a phone interview. “It seemed to blow over very easily once the first game had happened. I think that’d be a great spot for him to land. And he’d be close to us.”
This month, Sam has the chance to demonstrate his athleticism at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
That will probably be the next time, Barkett said, that Sam will speak to reporters. Te’o did so at least year’s event before a packed house.
“I expect it to be pretty big,” Barkett said. “We’re working with the NFL right now to see what the most appropriate way there is for Mike to address the media. Obviously, everybody is going to want to hear what he has to say. … He definitely will be addressing the media. We’re just trying to figure out what the best forum is for doing that.”