Eric Crouch will be free to pursue a quarterback career in the Canadian Football League when the St. Louis Rams formally relinquish their rights to him this week.
Crouch will be waived from the team's reserve/retired list, probably on Tuesday, according to league and team sources.
The 2002 Heisman Trophy winner from Nebraska retired from the Rams last September, saying he was frustrated with the team's effort to convert him to wide receiver. He played in just one preseason game after suffering a deep thigh bruise in training camp. The Rams drafted the quarterback in the third round of last year's draft.
Crouch has an opportunity to play quarterback in the CFL, a team source said.
"If I play again I'd definitely say it would be as a quarterback," Crouch said in October. "My whole life, I've been a quarterback. My best football is when the ball's in my hands and I have some control over what happens."