Reported earlier this morning by Scout.com's Adam Caplan, New England Patriots' free agent running back Corey Dillon will not be in Buffalo to visit the Bills today. According to a league source, Dillon postponed the trip and is expected to reschedule for sometime next week.
Dillon, 32, was released by the Patriots on March 2nd. While the nature of the release is under some scrutiny, a source confirmed to PatriotsInsider.com that it was because Dillon wasn't interested in a diminished role in New England. In an interview with the Boston Globe, Dillon talked about retirement. In discussions with Scout.com and other Boston media outlets, Dillon's agent said the veteran was still interested in playing.
Dillon's previously scheduled visit to Buffalo, the reported discussions with the Baltimore Ravens and other potential suitors, lends credence to the original reports that Dillon wanted to play for at least another year.
Dillon's cap number (reportedly $4.3 million), and his future role had an effect on the decision to release the 10-year veteran according to a source close to Dillon. A league source indicated that if the right opportunity presents itself, Dillon would be on the field for someone in 2007.
-- Scout.com's Adam Caplan reported former Patriots wide receiver Bethel Johnson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles today. A former second round draft pick of the Patriots in 2003 NFL Draft, Johnson was traded to the New Orleans Saints last year in exchange for former first-round pick DL Johnathan Sullivan.The Saints parted ways with Johnson after agreeing to an injury settlement. The Minnesota Vikings picked up the free agent receiver in October, but did not re-sign him to a deal before the start of free agency.
Johnson's signing with Philadelphia -- one of the teams in pursuit of free agent WR Donte Stallworth - may impact the Patriots negotiations with Stallworth. By signing Johnson, Philadelphia took one step further away from needing another receiver. Reportedly, the Eagles also have a visit pending with free agent WR Kevin Curtis.
-- Free agent WR Donte Stallworth was set to pay a visit to the Miami Dolphins after meeting with the Tennessee Titans this week. Stallworth - a free agent target of the Patriots - reportedly received a contract proposal from the Titans. He now has received contract proposals from the Eagles, Patriots and now the Titans.
-- Free agent OL Ross Tucker agreed to a deal with the Washington Redskins today. Tucker was in on New England's 2005 roster and in their training camp in 2006. He was traded to the Cleveland Browns prior to the start of the 2006 regular season. Released by the Browns, Tucker was out of football in 2006. His release nullified any compensation the Browns were required to send to the Patriots, as the trade was conditional.
-- The Miami Dolphins tendered ERFA FB Kyle Eckel. The Navy product was an undrafted rookie free agent signed by the New England Patriots in 2005. The Patriots released Eckel was as part of their final round of roster cuts with the hope to sneak him onto the Practices squad He was claimed by then Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban, and remained property of the Dolphins since. Eckel was placed on the reserve/military list by Miami and was given his release from active duty in the armed forces in October of 2006.