|Wednesday, August 30, 2000|
Colts send Baker to Rams for draft pick
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams released punter Rick Tuten
and linebacker Troy Pelshak Tuesday to get below the NFL roster
limit, while they acquired punter John Baker.
The Super Bowl champion Rams traded an undisclosed draft pick to
the Indianapolis Colts for Baker. He is an undrafted rookie from
the University of North Texas, had seven punts in four exhibition
games for a 43.6 yard average. His longest was a 56-yarder and his
net punting average was 34.1.
Baker was signed in an effort to push last year's punter Hunter
Smith, who averaged 48.2 yards and netted 41.7 in 10 punts during
On Monday, the Rams cut punter Louie Aguiar, a nine-year
veteran. Aguiar had averaged 37.7 yards on seven punts in the
The Rams still have to cut 12 more players to reach the NFL
league limit of 53 by Sunday afternoon.