Eric Crouch Retires
RamsNation Writer Howard Balzer
Rams wide receiver Eric Crouch will announce his retirement today. Crouch was drafted by the Rams on the third round of the NFL draft to play wide receiver, but has been bothered by injuries since the team's spring minicamp.
Crouch had a hamstring problem in the spring, and shin splints and a thigh injury during training camp. He also played with shoulder and ankle problems in college. Crouch elected to retire and get well on his own, rather than go on injured reserve where he would have been paid his $225,000 salary.
"He's a different guy, obviously, than 99 percent of players," his agent, Jim Steiner, said. "Money doesn't drive him. He can't perform up to his standards, so he wants to get away from the game and get his body well at his own pace and on his schedule."
Crouch approached the Rams about the decision last Friday, and discussions were oingoing until the final decision earlier Wednesday.
Steiner said no agreement has been made with the Rams regarding the $395,000 signing bonus he received, but added that Crouch knows "that is an issue he will have to deal with."
Steiner also said Crouch could decide to play again at a later date