Oct 19, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) celebrates after sacking Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) (not pictured) during the second half at Faurot Field. Missouri won 36-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: San Francisco 49ers say they could have used Michael Sam


The San Francisco 49ers aren’t exactly hurting on the defensive side of the ball, especially at linebacker. That said, general manager Trent Baalke says the 49ers could have used former Missouri defensive star Michael Sam who was drafted by fellow NFC West rival, the St. Louis Rams.

“He’s a good football player,” Baalke said. “You look at what he has done in his college football career, was he a fit for us? Yeah, we could use him.”

That wasn’t the only praise bestowed upon Sam by Baalke who suggested he’d have preferred for Sam to stay out of the division.

“But (he’s a) good football player that we wish had not gone to the Rams. Wish he would’ve went to another team so we don’t have to play against him. (He’s) certainly a guy who has ‘make-it’ traits and is going to get every opportunity to do that.”

Of course, if San Francisco really wanted Sam they could have used one of their multitude of draft picks, though it’s possible they thought he may slip out of the draft entirely and could have attempted to bring him in as an undrafted free agent.

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