Monday, April 19, 2004

Dillon traded to New England

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Comment on the trade:

The Bengals today traded Corey Dillon to New England for the Patriots’ second-round pick, No. 56 overall.

Dillon, 29, is the leading rusher in Bengals history with 8,061 yards.

The Bengals now have 10 picks in this weekend’s NFL draft.

“We are excited to obtain another early selection in what looks to be a talent-rich draft,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “Our organization has obtained many excellent players in the second round through the years. And with a total of seven picks now in the first four rounds, we’re in a position to improve ourselves significantly.

“Corey has been a very productive back for the Bengals for a number of years. But you don’t get a second-round pick without giving something up, and we believe this clearly is the move that’s in our team’s best interest.”

The Bengals now have the No. 24 selection in Round 1 of the draft, plus two picks each in the second, third and fourth rounds. Those selections are Nos. 49 and 56 in Round 2, 80 and 96 in Round 3 and 114 and 117 in Round 4.

Dillon, a seven-year veteran, made it clear he would not return to the Bengals and cleaned out his locker the day after the regular season.

He had been rumored to go to the Oakland Raiders in a trade.



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