The Rams, having failed to reach an agreement on a multiyear contract with wide receiver Ernie Jones, released Jones Wednesday to avoid paying the Phoenix Cardinals a fifth-round draft pick in 1994.
Jones, the team's No. 3 wide receiver, was scheduled to earn $650,000 this season and then become an unrestricted free agent. The Rams said they will still try to re-sign Jones and secure his rights beyond 1993. It's also believed they are seeking a reduction in his 1993 salary.
"We will still attempt to sign him to a multiyear deal," said John Shaw, Ram executive vice president. "We don't owe them a pick if we don't re-sign him. If we re-sign him we owe them a pick.
"We tried to do it (extend his contract) prior to cutting him. . . . Right now he's free to test the marketplace and see what his value is."