Eagles sign quarterback Dennis Dixon
Dennis Dixon played one season under Chip Kelly in Oregon, before he declared for the 2008 draft while Kelly was promoted to the Ducks head coach. The 49-year-old Chip Kelly replaced long-time Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid last month, while Reid took up a similar position with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Philadelphia Eagles had reportedly been in negotiations with Dennis Dixon, who is a former member of the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, since the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVII. The negotiations took a while due to some undisclosed incentives in the deal.
"We are excited to bring in Dennis Dixon to compete at the quarterback position," Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman released in a statement. "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."
Denis Dixon threw for 2,136 yards while compiling 20 touchdowns, four interceptions and completing 67.7 percent of his passes under Chip Kelly. Dennis Dixon also ran for 583 yards and 9 rushing touchdowns during his collegiate career. He ended his senior year on the injured reserve after aggravating a knee injury initially sustained into the tenth game of the 2007 season against the Arizona State.
Despite remaining limited during predraft workouts, Dennis Dixon was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 drafts by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dennis Dixon started four games for the Pittsburgh Steelers, including the 2010 season opener, but he was shut down for the season following a tear to meniscus in his knee during Week 2. The following season Dennis Dixon signed onto the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad.
The five-year veteran Dennis Dixon boasts a career pass completion rate of 59.3, while throwing for 402 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Dennis Dixon also has rushed for 24 yards and a touchdown.
The 28-year-old Dennis Dixon becomes the fourth quarterback on the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster, which already features Trent Edwards, Nick Foles and Michael Vick. Chip Kelly had said he expects competition for the starting spot between Nick Foles and Michael Vick, who signed a one-year restructured contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly said offensive scheme will be adapted to feature plays that can be run by both quarterbacks.