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- Corey Dillon Wants Out of New England

Chris Pokorny February 24, 2007
Chris Pokorny
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It doesn't seem like New England Patriots running back Corey Dillon will be back with the team next season. According to Dillon's agent, Steve Feldman, via the Associated Press, Dillon has asked for his release and the Patriots will grant it by March 2. There has been speculation from Dillon himself that he will retire, but Feldman says otherwise.

"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," he said.

Dillon can add valuable experience to any NFL franchise, as he is currently the leading active rusher in the NFL with 11,241 career yards, most of them coming with the Cincinnati Bengals. He still has three years remaining on his contract with the Patriots and would have counted towards $4.4 million in salary this season.

Dillon ran for 1,635 yards in 2004 and accomplished his main goal - he won a Super Bowl. The next two years weren't as bright for Dillon though, as he rushed for 733 yards in 2005 and 812 yards this past season. He probably would've reached 1,000 yards this past season if he hadn't split time with rookie running back Laurence Maroney. Dillon understands that Maroney will be the future for the Patriots, which does factor into his decision on where he wants to play next season.

"It's that if Corey were to stay, his carries would be limited, and Corey feels he has more to give," stated Feldman.

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