Quarterback Dennis Dixon, who spent this past season on the Ravens' practice squad, has signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team and his agent announced this afternoon. The much-anticipated move reunites Dixon with Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who Dixon played under at the University of Oregon.
Dixon, 28, will join a quarterback competition that also includes Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Vick agreed to a restructured three-year deal with the Eagles earlier this week, but he he has not been guaranteed the starting job.
The Ravens initially tried out Dixon last spring, but opted to sign Curtis Painter over both Dixon and Kyle Boller. However, Painter was released in the Ravens' final roster cutdown before the start of the season, and the Ravens ultimately signed Dixon to their practice squad.
He spent all but one week of the season on the Ravens' practice squad, not getting into any games but helping their defense prepare for other mobile quarterbacks, like the Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III and the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick.
Dixon has played in four games over his five-year NFL career and started three of them, all for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He hasn't gotten into a game since the 2010 season. However, he has been part of three Super Bowl teams.
Comfortable with Tyrod Taylor as their primarily backup to Joe Flacco, the Ravens knew that it was likely that they'd lose Dixon this offseason.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun