3-5-02, 3:05 p.m.
BY GEOFF HOBSON
While the doctors did "light housekeeping," on running back Corey Dillon's left knee, the Bengals performed some major surgery on the phones Tuesday in reaching out to several free agents.
The club has extended what is believed to be its first ever visit to one of the big name free-agent kickers with Todd Peterson of the Chiefs bringing his 80-percent career field-goal percentage to town later in the week.
Dolphins defensive end Kenny Mixon is expected Friday and Colts tight end Ken Dilger and Bears cornerback Walt Harris are scheduled for Monday.
Dillon, fresh off his third Pro Bowl, underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday
to clean out his left knee that has bothered him off and on with fluid buildup. Trainer Paul Sparling said the doctors found nothing that is going to keep him out of the May 3-6 minicamp.
"He was already in here the morning after today riding the bike," Sparling said. "He's fine. If he wanted to, he could play basketball next week."