RAMS EXTRAS

Rams' Reid is released from jail

2014-04-09T08:00:00Z 2014-04-10T06:03:04Z Rams' Reid is released from jailBy Jim Thomas jthomas@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8197 stltoday.com

After spending more than a week in the Lowndes County (Ga.) Jail, new Rams cornerback and return man Greg Reid has been released.

Barring any unforeseen legal ramifications, Reid should be able to join the team less than two weeks from now when the Rams begin their offseason conditioning program April 21.

Reid, formerly of Florida State, was arrested March 29 for a probation violation stemming from a prior marijuana-related arrest. The Rams are looking at him as someone who could help out as a nickel back.

RAM-BLINGS

The contract numbers for free-agent wide receiver Kenny Britt have been filed and include some interesting twists. The basic contract is one year for $1.4 million. Of that total, $1 million comes in the form of base salary, with $500,000 of that base guaranteed. The other $400,000 comes as follows: $50,000 signing bonus, $100,000 workout bonus and $150,000 roster bonus if he’s on the 53-man roster bonus for the first game of the regular season, plus up to $100,000 in game-day bonuses. (Britt gets $6,250 for every week he’s on the 46-man game-day roster.)

Britt can earn an additional $1.5 million based on a variety of incentives including receptions, receiving yards, and the team making the playoffs.

If the Rams release Britt before opening day, they could be out as little as $150,000 (the signing bonus and the workout bonus). That’s because there is offset language in the guaranteed $500,000 of base salary. In other words, if Britt gets another job after being released, the Rams aren’t on the hook for the $500,000.

• The Rams have signed former Idaho punter Bobby Cowan to help ease some of the workload on Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker as well as place-kicker Greg Zuerlein this spring and summer.

Cowan, who had a career punting average of 44.7 yards at the University of Idaho, will also help on kickoffs, extra points, and field goals. Because he’ll do both, that saves the Rams a spot on their training camp roster. The left-footed Cowan, 24, was in Oakland’s camp briefly last spring and worked out for the Rams last fall.

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