Dennis Dixon will reunite with Chip Kelly, as the former Oregon Ducks quarterback has agreed to a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced (via Dave Spadaro of PhiladelphiaEagles.com).
The #Eagles have agreed to terms with QB Dennis Dixon on a two-year contract, the team announced on Thursday.— Dave Spadaro (@davespadaro) February 14, 2013
Dixon thrived in that quick-strike system; he was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 and was a strong Heisman contender, finishing fifth in the voting.
As a senior, Dixon completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 2,136 yards with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also ran for 583 yards and nine touchdowns. He was taken in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Dixon started three games in four seasons with the Steelers, leading the team to a victory over Atlanta in the first game of the 2010 season. He completed 18 of his 26 passes for 236 yards and one interception in the 15-9 overtime win.
Last season, Dixon was with the Baltimore Ravens. He was signed to the practice squad and never played in a game.
With the Eagles shifting to a more wide-open offensive system under Kelly, he likely wants to bring in players who are familiar with the scheme to help the change go smoothly.
After restructuring Michael Vick's deal earlier in the week, the Eagles have given themselves plenty of depth at the quarterback position heading into next season. They still have second-year quarterback Nick Foles, who should be given a shot to win the job in camp.
It will be interesting to see how, if at all, Kelly uses Dixon with the Eagles. Their history together might grant the quarterback more leeway than he would have gotten with another team.