Michael Vick just got a little company.
It’s been expected for a while and the Eagles made it official with quarterback Dennis Dixon on Thursday. The team announced that they have signed Dixon, who played for head coach Chip Kelly when Kelly was the offensive coordinator at Oregon and was reportedly talking contract with them before they reached an agreement to sign Vick to a new one-year deal.
Dixon finished the year on the Ravens practice squad, making him eligible to sign with any team before the March 12 start of free agency. He spent four years with the Steelers, starting three times, and hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2010. He is familiar with Kelly’s offensive philosophies, though, and that gives him a little bit of a leg up on Vick and Nick Foles.
If he winds up competing with them, that is. The Eagles’ website has Dixon competing “alongside” Trent Edwards and “behind” Vick and Foles. There’s a lot of offseason left to go, though, and the Eagles situation could be more fluid than this February press release suggests.