PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : RAMS : Price Sent to Cowboys for Draft Pick

The Rams traded tight end Jim Price to the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys for a sixth-round draft choice Tuesday, nearly a month after Price ended a 51-day contract holdout.

"I'm looking forward to playing for Dallas," said Price, a four-year pro out of Stanford. "I didn't feel things were going the way I wanted in L.A. They had a good draft pick (Troy Drayton) and they wanted to go with him."

Price ended his holdout Sept. 7 by signing a one-year deal worth $150,000--$125,000 less than he thought he was worth. He also forfeited $25,000 of his contract per the terms of the new collective-bargaining agreement.

Because he did not play in the exhibition season, he had to sit out the next three games after signing. He was added to the roster for last Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, but was listed as inactive.

"I knew something was up when I was inactive," Price said. "I figured they were going to trade me."

His departure leaves the Rams with two sound tight ends--starter Travis McNeal and Drayton. Another tight end, Pat Carter, has been sidelined because of a foot injury and is expected to return for the Oct. 24 game against Detroit.

Dallas was in need of another tight end behind starter Jay Novacek and backup Kelly Blackwell. The Cowboys have lost three backup tight ends because of season-ending injuries.

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