INDIANAPOLIS - Just as the horizon narrowed for the Bengals in their effort to trade disgruntled running back Corey Dillon, another team might have entered the picture.
A day after coach Marvin Lewis said the Bengals have not received any calls inquiring about Dillon, Washington coach Joe Gibbs all but dismissed the possibility of a Dillon trade to the Redskins. Washington had been one of three teams mentioned as likely Dillon suitors.
"We only have a certain number of dollars," Gibbs said. "It would depend on other positions."
Asked if he were interested in Dillon, Gibbs said, "I think (whom) we'd be interested in is something we'll keep to ourselves."
But, later Saturday, Arizona coach Dennis Green called Dillon "a fine player, who probably needs a change of scenery" and said the Cardinals would "explore any player who's available."
Green said the offense he runs needs a 1,000-yard rusher to work. The Cardinals already have Marcel Shipp and Emmitt Smith. Arizona's offensive coordinator is Alex Wood, who spent 2003 as Bengals wide receivers coach.
League insiders say the Dallas Cowboys are not interested in Dillon. Tampa Bay is most often referenced as the other team that seems like the best fit for a Dillon trade.
A trade still might occur on draft weekend, April 24-25, when a team in need of a running back might fail to land its top college choice or choices.
Potential Interest or Lack Thereof in Dillon