Baalke wishes Sam had gone to team outside NFC West

Baalke wishes Sam had gone to team outside NFC West
May 10, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Adding Michael Sam will give the St. Louis Rams more firepower up front. (USATSI)

SANTA CLARA -– General manager Trent Baalke said he was happy for Michael Sam.

But Baalke said he was not excited to see the Missouri pass-rusher go to an NFC West team that will line up against the 49ers twice a year.

Sam, who is making a bid to become the first openly gay NFL player, got a step closer to his goal when the St. Louis Rams selected him in the seventh round with pick No. 249.

“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."

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“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.”

The 49ers had two picks prior to the Rams’ selection. The 49ers chose defensive end Kaleb Ramsey of Boston College and No. 243 and fullback Trey Millard of Oklahoma with the 245th pick.