Patriots running back Corey Dillon signed a contract extension yesterday that could keep him with New England for the rest of his career. The agreement guarantees Dillon $10 million over two years and could be extended for up to five years and a total $25 million in base pay and bonuses, said his agent, Steven Feldman.
Dillon, 30, was to receive $3.85 million next season in the final year of his contract, but the Patriots and Dillon began discussing a long-term deal after their Super Bowl victory in February, Feldman said. Patriots spokesman Stacey James couldn't confirm the deal.
Bruschi Is on the Mend
New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi threw out a ceremonial first pitch at the Boston Red Sox's home opener, nearly eight weeks after being treated for a mild stroke.
"I am feeling pretty good," Bruschi, who walked with a slight limp, said in a statement. "I have first-hand knowledge on why the fans of New England are the best in the world. It's because of all the support they've given me -- all the letters, all the e-mails and all the flowers that have been sent."
Bruschi had the stroke 10 days after the Patriots won the Super Bowl. He has been working out in Foxboro, Mass., but there has been no announcement of his future playing prospects.
Polley Signs With Ravens
Free agent linebacker Tommy Polley signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, who expect the four-year veteran to play next to Ray Lewis in the new 4-3 alignment. Polley, who played high school football in Baltimore, comes to the Ravens from the St. Louis Rams, where he averaged 72 1/2 tackles per season.