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Desperados release eight, re-sign Jones

Friday February 22, 2008

Dallas cuts eight players and awards Jones with two-year extension

DALLAS, Texas – The Dallas Desperados released eight players today to begin trimming their roster down to the league-mandated 24-man roster while also re-signing one of the team’s defensive leaders in DB Jermaine Jones to a two-year contract extension. The following players were waived today:

DB Ricky Bell (5-11, 200), OL Chris Berg (6-1, 300), OL Aaron Gibson (6-6, 370), OL Brett Rayl (6-6, 318), WR Bret Smith (6-3, 195), WR George Williams (6-1, 210), WR Jeris McIntyre (6-0, 215) and DL Mike Williams (6-3, 245).

The Desperados must release six more players to meet the 24-man league maximum roster by Monday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. (CST).

Dallas also awarded Jones (5-9, 187) with a two-year contract extension today that runs through 2010. The six-year veteran is the Desperados all-time leading tackler with 401.5 career tackles.

The Dallas Desperados open the 2008 season in a nationally televised game on ABC at the Georgia Force on March 1 at 12 p.m.

Waived:

No.   Name                         Pos.      Ht.       Wt.        Age          Exp.         College Hometown                                    
20   Ricky Bell                DB     5-11   200       33           2          North Carolina State              Columbia, SC             
42   Chris Berg               OL     6-1     300       25           3          Portland State Lakewood, CA
71   Aaron Gibson          OL     6-6     370       30           2          Wisconsin Norwalk, CT                           
59   Brett Rayl                OL     6-6     318       26           R          Oklahoma Lewisville, TX                    
89   Bret Smith              WR     6-3     195       23           R          Tennessee Warren, AR                       
10   George Williams     WR     6-1     210       28           2          Kansas State Stockton, CA
81   Jeris McIntyre         WR     6-0     215       26           R          Auburn Tampa, FL
98   Mike Williams           DL     6-3     245       23           2          Texas College Lindale, TX