First Openly Gay Player Michael Sam Signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

The first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, has signed with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. Montreal, known for it’s gay friendly culture, will surely find a great new home in the Canadian city.

Sam gets a one-year deal with a team option for 2016, though it’s not uncommon for teams to let players out of the option year to pursue an NFL job if they have the opportunity. Sam will be introduced at a media conference Tuesday in Montreal.

β€œI am very excited and proud to join the Montreal Alouettes and want to thank team Owner Robert Wetenhall, General Manager Jim Popp and Head Coach Tom Higgins for this opportunity,” Sam said. β€œI cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal.”

The contract is scheduled to pay Sam $100,000 in 2015 nearly double the CFL minimum of $51,000, and about the same as he’d make if he were on an NFL practice squad for the entire season. The option year is worth $150,000.