Michael Sam saga might keep other gay NFL hopefuls from coming out, former exec says

The NFL still hasn’t fielded an openly gay player during a regular-season game.

And according to a former team executive, that day may not be coming anytime soon based upon what happened with Michael Sam.

The fourth Jet on this list, Mangold’s free agent status is the most surprising on the list. He missed eight games last year but had made three straight Pro Bowls before that.

Yet it’s not too late for Seattle to deal Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys him and get a high draft pick or two next year, or perhaps a veteran player and a 2018 pick.

If a Sherman trade does not happen this year, it surely will occur in 2018, when he’ll be in the last year of his $14 million-per-year deal and the Seahawks could save $8.8 million in cap room.

Both Sherman and Carroll are talking a good game about how the trade rumors will not impact Sherman’s concentration or level of play. That’s an illusion, not reality.

The best thing for both the Seahawks and Sherman is to exit this shaky situation and make the best deal possible sooner rather than later.

So, the NFL itself was finally so embarrassed by how it policed its players’ celebrations, it got out of its own way and gave the pull-back order.

Commissioner Roger Goodell made it official early Tuesday afternoon that the 2016 end-zone siege was over. The sudden over-emphasis on penalizing players for how they expressed their on-field joy will not continue in 2017, as numerous celebrations for touchdowns and other big plays will no longer be flagged or fined for being “excessive.”

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