Dillon and the Pats Set to Part Ways

In an effort to have a bigger role, Pats RB Corey Dillon says he wants out of New England, and according to sources will get his wish come March 2nd. Dillon knows that the writing for an even smaller role in the offense is on the wall after the tremendous rookie season Laurence Maroney had in the Pats offense. Dillon had stated that he was thinking about walking away and not playing at all this season, but his agent, Steve Feldman, says that he will play somewhere in 2007, but it won’t be for New England. “Corey does not have to play, but he still figures he’s got a couple of years left as a premier performer and the Patriots have been kind enough to understand that,” the agent said. Dillon, at 32 years old, can play a role somewhere. Of course he is going to want a boatload of cash, as well as want to play for a team that is in need for a running back that is not more than a few years away from making a Super Bowl run. One team right off the bat that is Denver. The Broncos are talking about adding a bruiser to the running game, and one player they would love to have is Adrain Peterson, but the thoughts of Denver moving up high enough in the draft to take him is unlikely. With that, Denver could easily be in the loop to snag Dillon, who is the top active runner in the NFL with 11,421 career yards with the Bengals and Pats.

Dillon still has three years remaining on his current contract and was scheduled to count $4.4 million against the salary cap in 2007. Last year he had 812 yards on 199 carries. In three years with the team, he ran for 3,180 yards and scored 39 touchdowns in 43 games. He told the Boston Globe earlier this week that “I gave them what they wanted, I didn’t come in and steal money.” Now he wants a chance to do the same elsewhere, and the Pats look happy to give him his wish come Friday.

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