Patriots Sign Dillon to New Contract

<P>Corey Dillon, the Patriots workhorse just receive a shiny new contract according to the AP. Dillon's agent told the AP that the team has agreed to keep the all-pro around a lot longer by signing him to a new deal that could be worth up to $25 million over the next five years.</P><P>Dillons reworked contract should free up enough cap space for the team to sign it's rookie class of 2005 draft picks.</P>

Patriots Sign Dillon to a New Contract
Dillon restructures to free up cap room
By Patriots Insider Staff

FOXBORO - Corey Dillon and the New England Patriots have reached an agreement on a new contract to keep Dillon with the team for up to five more seasons. According to AP wire reports, Dillon's contract calls for him to receive $10 million guaranteed, with possible bonuses and incentives which could turn into a total package worth $25 million.

Not a bad deal for a running back in his 30's. Even Dillon's agent Steven Feldman admitted as much to the AP. "They stepped up and took care of him, even though he's on the wrong side of 30," Feldman said. "This deal allows him to end his career as a Patriot."

Dillon who was acquired by the team in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals, played a key role in helping the Patriots repeat as world champions in Superbowl XXXIX, 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles . In the game, he managed 75 yards on 18 carries and helped the Patriots grind out the clock. By running the ball with Dillon the Patriots were able to protect their lead and force Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia offense into hurry-up mode.

Dillon had a career year with the Patriots setting a team and personal high of 1,635 yards in a season. His previous best was 1,435 when he played in Cincinnati during the 2000 season. He averaged 1,100 yard or better every season except the 2003 campaign where he was hampered by injury.

More on Dillon can be found under his Bio, and related links below.


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