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General manager Trent Baalke on Monday evening said the 49ers will evaluate Missouri defensive end Michael Sam with the same criteria as every player in the May draft.
Sam, the SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year after recording 11.5 sacks last season, announced on Sunday he is gay. He will attend the upcoming NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, which begins Feb. 19.
"The 49ers commend Michael for the courage he has displayed, as he continues to pursue his NFL career,” Baalke said in a statement.
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“We have and will continue to evaluate him as we do every draft eligible player, which is always based on their projected contributions to our team on and off the field."