Ram Vice President Jay Zygmunt, who does not respond to telephone inquiries, was stopped outside the Cal State Fullerton cafeteria Friday for an update on unsigned tight end Jim Price.
Price, the Rams' fourth-leading receiver a year ago, asked for $335,000 after earning $150,000 in 1992. Price said Friday that the Rams offered him $210,000 and when he didn't accept and missed the opening of training camp, they reduced their offer. He said they now want him to accept the minimum salary for a third-year player: $150,000.
When Zygmunt was asked if the team had lowered its offer, as Price claimed, Zygmunt said: "Our offer is $150,000."
The Rams, reacting to reports that the Cowboys had talked to the agent of running back Cleveland Gary, said they will notify teams throughout the NFL that they must first get permission from the Rams to conduct such discussions.
"If there's going to be any contact it has to be through us," said John Shaw, the executive vice president.
Shaw said that Gary already had his opportunity to go elsewhere under the restricted free agency guidelines and deadlines.
The Rams have offered Gary $385,000 for 1993. Zygmunt said the team will not increase that offer at this time, "because we're not going to pay players to leave."