Friday, June 16, 2000

Dillon's 854% raise cut to 10%

Club invokes right after RB rejects multiyear offer

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        As promised, the Bengals on Thursday cut their offer to disgruntled running back Corey Dillon to 10 percent over his 1999 salary.

        He was paid $503,300 in 1999, his third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, and would receive about $553,000 this year.

        Dillon had until midnight New York time to accept the club's $1.37 million one-year tender, which has been on the table since April.

        The Bengals on Thursday filed paperwork to the league office, invoking their right under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement to adjust Dillon's contract.

        At the close of business Thursday, the Bengals had not heard from Dillon or his agent, Marvin Demoff.

        “Nothing has happened,” said Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan, returning a call placed to Bengals President Mike Brown.

        Club officials met with Demoff and Dillon for 11 hours Monday and with Demoff for another couple of hours Tuesday.

        The team offered a multiyear deal at $4.3 million a season (an 854% raise from 1999), but Dillon rejected the proposal, saying he was one of the NFL's top backs and deserved $5 million a year.

        Demoff did not return phone calls.

        Dillon, a restricted free agent, has threatened to sit out the season's first 10 games.

        He needs to play at least six games to be credited with a full season and become an unrestricted free agent.


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