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Continued: Souhan: Signing Michael Sam would have made perfect sense for Vikings

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 3, 2014 - 9:05 AM

If the Vikings sign Sam, even to their practice squad, they will be adding a player who is similar in size and style to Brian Robison and Everson Griffin, players Zimmer can move all over the field.

If Sam fails, and the Vikings become the second team to judge him unworthy of a roster spot, then the Vikings and the NFL will look better for having given him a second chance.

Sports teams and leagues spend millions of dollars in search of good public relations. They ask their athletes to make frequent public appearances. They publicly contribute to charities. They are desperate to make themselves look good, for the sake of their businesses and personal images.

Signing Sam would rank among the best public-relations moves the Vikings ever have made, and would cost them nothing but a practice-squad roster spot.

The price of signing Sam would be a holding a news conference, and answering a few questions that already have been asked and answered in another NFL city without causing a franchise to implode.

Signing Sam would do more for the Vikings’ image than Zygi’s code of conduct ever did.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. Twitter: @SouhanStrib jsouhan@startribune.com

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