Dillon confirms; Keaton agrees

BY GEOFF HOBSON

Yes, the Bengals agreed to terms with a running back today. But it wasn't Corey Dillon. It was the man who could replace the Pro Bowler if they can't sign Dillon. Keaton, a fourth-round pick out of James Madison, agreed to a three-year deal. Jim Lippincott, the club's director of pro/college personnel, expects Keaton to sign Thursday morning, joining first-rounder Peter Warrick in the fold.

Marvin Demoff, Dillon's agent, confirmed with club vice president Paul H. Brown today that he will be here June 12 for a negotiating session. Demoff is advising his client to come with him for the talks, but it isn't known yet if Dillon will come to Cincinnati. The Bengals have yet to receive a counter proposal from Demoff since they sent him an offer in late April for five years at $18.3 million, a $3.6 million annual average. Dillon has indicated he wants $5 million per year.

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