August 18, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon (10) passes against pressure by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Trevard Lindley (35) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE
We reported back on January 30th that Dennis Dixon may have interest from his former coach, Chip Kelly who is now with the Philadelphia Eagles. This was true, so true that today Dixon has signed a two year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles(as reported by NFL Breaking News Guru Adam Schefter on Twitter).
After resigning Michael Vick to a one year deal last week, Kelly said there will be an open competition in camp for who will lead the team. It looks like Dixon will get an opportunity for some playing time with his former coach.
Now coming off a one year deal with the Baltimore Ravens and running while running the practice squad played the part of RGIII before the Ravens played the Washington Redskins, Dixon may have the chance to run an offense to a Super Bowl.
"“We are excited to bring in Dennis Dixon to compete at the quarterback position. Dennis is a veteran in this league that has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams in his career. He’s also very familiar with Chip Kelly and how he operates.” Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman"
The former Oregon signal caller injured his left knee against Arizona in 2007, his Senior season with the Ducks and tore his ACL ending the Championship run. Dixon has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and has now been signed to a two year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Before the injury in 2007 Dixon threw for 29 touchdowns.
Dixon is happy to be in Philadelphia with his former coach,
"‘If everybody buys into what Chip Kelly is selling, the sky’s the limit’"
In speaking recently with Philly.com, Dixon added he is going to put his best foot forward and let the chips fall where they may. If nothing else, the Eugene/Springfield area will get to see a lot of Philadelphia Eagles football over the next few years and more eyes will now be on Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp from the Willamette Valley and beyond.
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Justin Phillips is Sports Reporter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW