A day after the St. Louis Rams cut rookie defensive lineman Michael Sam, he became a free agent after passing through waivers, ESPN reported Sunday.
The Rams can still claim him and place him on their practice squad.
"The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues," Sam wrote on Twitter after he was cut Saturday. "I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level. I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career."
Sam is the first openly-gay player in the NFL. He has received national attention since coming out before the draft in May.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher explained his rationale for parting with the seventh-round draft pick.
"It was a football decision and it was no different than any other decision that we make," he said. "It was a football decision back in May to draft Mike. And once again, it's been all about football. I will tell you this: I was pulling for Mike. I really was. I don't say that very often, but Mike came in here and did everything that we asked him to do."