Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp: More QB Drama as Dennis Dixon Is a No-Show

Jonathan CyprowskiCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2011

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 12:  Dennis Dixon #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the NFL season opener game on September 12, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Amidst the chaos of players coming and going via free agency and salary cap casualties, those who have not bothered to show up at all, has gone somewhat unnoticed.

Pittsburgh quarterback Dennis Dixon has refused to sign the restricted free agent tender the Steelers offered him and remains absent as the team takes its first practice in full pads this afternoon.

After being quite outspoken in recent years about deserving a chance to start for the Steelers, despite the presence of Ben Roethlisberger, Dixon is speaking out via his agent Jeff Sperbeck once again.

“Dennis would love the opportunity to start," Sperbeck told ESPN.com blogger James Walker. "Yes, we would look forward to an opportunity for a trade -- it's a starting opportunity we're looking for."

Unfortunately for Dixon, no one has come calling for his services as of yet.

Dixon began last season under center for the Steelers after Roethlisberger was suspended for the first four games. However, he performed poorly in his two starts, throwing for just 254 yards and an interception before finishing his season on injured reserve.

The Steelers placed a fifth-round tender on Dixon, meaning any team wanting to make an offer to the quarterback would have to trade a 2012 fifth-round pick to Pittsburgh for the right to sign him.

While Dixon has tremendous athletic ability, his little playing experience and lack of success there in, could find him crawling back to the Steelers tender relatively quickly.

"There's a possibility he will sign it," Sperbeck told Walker. "We're just looking to gather information here during the early part of free agency."


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