Saturday, June 12, 2004

Dillon wants a ring of his own


NFL notebook

The Associated Press

Corey Dillon came to the New England Patriots to be surrounded by the trappings of success. When his teammates collect their Super Bowl rings, though, he won't be there. He wants to earn an invitation.

"Why would I go?" he said Friday. "That's something for them." The Bengals traded Dillon to New England for a second-round pick. He was able to convince the Patriots he wasn't a malcontent; he was just unhappy playing for a team that hadn't made the playoffs or posted a winning record since 1990. "I just wanted to be part of an organization that thrives on winning, and winning is everything," Dillon said.

Couch's stormy tenure in Cleveland finally endsCLEVELAND - Tim Couch was finally released Friday by the Cleveland Browns, a fittingly unceremonious send-off for the quarterback and former No. 1 overall draft pick.

The expected move was delayed to resolve a grievance Couch filed against the Browns for banning him from working out at their training facility.

Team spokesman Todd Stewart said the grievance filed through the NFL Players Association has been resolved, and Couch is no longer on Cleveland's roster.

Couch, a former University of Kentucky standout, is a free agent and can sign with another NFL team.

Couch's exit ends a stormy five-year stay in Cleveland, where his time with the Browns was marked by bad teams, his own inconsistency and controversy.

Couch, who passed for 11,131 yards and 64 touchdowns in five seasons, soon might sign with the Green Bay Packers, who have been interested in acquiring him to back up Brett Favre for several months.

Couch and his agent, Tom Condon, didn't immediately return phone messages.

CHARGERS: San Diego welcomed new left tackle Roman Oben on Friday, only to have two other projected starters from their shaky offensive line stay away from the opening day of minicamp. Center Jason Ball was a no-show because he wants to be traded, and guard Toniu Fonoti, who missed all of last year with injuries, was absent without an excuse.

LIONS: Tight end Mikhael Ricks was released after two years with the team. Last season, Ricks finished second on the team with 434 yards receiving yards on 37 receptions.

HALL OF FAME: Former Broncos quarterback John Elway has chosen his oldest daughter, 18-year-old Jessie, to introduce him at the induction ceremony Aug. 8.




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