Archive for Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Dillon dealt to Patriots for draft pick

Cincinnati sends disgruntled running back to defending Super Bowl champs for second-round selection

April 20, 2004


— Running back Corey Dillon got his wish Monday, finally leaving a Bengals team that hasn't won in 13 years.

The running back wound up on a championship team.

Dillon was traded to New England for a second-round draft pick, ending his stormy career with Cincinnati. The Bengals built their struggling franchise around him in the 1990s, but tired of his complaining and lobbying to go somewhere else.

One of the NFL's most accomplished backs now gets to resuscitate his career with the defending Super Bowl champions, who filled their most glaring need in exchange for the 56th overall pick.

"I think everybody pretty much broke even," Dillon said. "We're talking about the New England Patriots. They're the defending Super Bowl champs. They got exactly what they wanted. I guess Cincinnati got exactly what they wanted. Corey Dillon got exactly what he wanted. I'm happy. It's a good deal all around, I think."

Dillon, 29, wasn't happy during the Bengals' renaissance season under coach Marvin Lewis. While the Bengals stayed in playoff contention, Dillon groused about his lack of carries and lobbied for a trade.

Appeals court blocks Clarett from entering draft

New York -- Maurice Clarett's bid to jump to the NFL was blocked Monday by a federal appeals court that left open the possibility he could enter a supplemental draft.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put on hold a lower-court decision to allow the former Ohio State star and other athletes, like Southern California's Mike Williams, to enter this weekend's draft.

The appeals court said it stayed the earlier ruling to safeguard the NFL from harm and to ensure a more thorough review. Its final opinion probably will be issued after the draft, perhaps weeks from now.

Any potential harm to Clarett would be lessened by the NFL's agreement to hold a supplemental draft if the appeals court later ruled in his favor, the court added.

Report: Warner to be cut

Kurt Warner has been told by the St. Louis Rams that he will be cut after June 1, the quarterback's agent told the New York Daily News.

Mark Bartelstein, Warner's agent, told the newspaper that Rams coach Mike Martz informed Warner on Monday of the team's decision.

Bartelstein said the Rams gave the two-time MVP permission to contact other teams. That process already has begun, the agent told the newspaper.

An announcement from the Rams on Warner could come as early as today, the newspaper reported.

Patriots' Law arrested

Miami Beach, Fla. -- New England cornerback Ty Law was arrested after he allegedly led police on a foot chase. Law was driving his 2004 Rolls-Royce early Saturday morning in the South Beach section of the city when an officer flagged him down for a lane violation, Miami Beach police said. Law was charged with failure to obey a police officer and resisting an officer, both misdemeanors.

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