Philadelphia Eagles Sign Quarterback Dennis Dixon

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIFebruary 14, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01:  Dennis Dixon #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Carolina Panthers during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles announced that they have signed quarterback Dennis Dixon to a two-year deal, as many have speculated for several weeks

Dixon attended the University of Oregon, where he played under Chip Kelly, the current head coach for the Eagles. 

Dixon is expected to compete with veteran Trent Edwards for the third-string spot on the Eagles' depth chart. Michael Vick, who was recently re-signed to a one-year deal, will compete with 2012 rookie third-round draft pick Nick Foles for the starting job. The loser of the quarterback battle will likely be the team's backup.

Dixon had originally been contacted by the Eagles immediately after the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl but they weren't allowed to sign him until this week.

The former Oregon quarterback had solid speed as he practiced as Colin Kaepernick on the scout team leading up to the Super Bowl.

He won the Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 and was considered a legitimate candidate for the Heisman trophy but suffered a torn ACL late in the year and missed the end of his senior season.

Throughout his five-year career he has made three starts—all with Pittsburgh. He's completed 35-out-of-59 passes for 402 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions.

He was Pittsburgh's week one starter in 2010 when Ben Roethlisberger was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season. But he suffered a torn meniscus against the Tennessee Titans in week two, ending his season.

Dixon, a fifth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008, spent this past season on the practice squad of the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. He also earned a ring with the Steelers in 2008.

Now 28-years-old, Dixon is the only quarterback on the Eagles who has played in Kelly's offense before. I expect him to easily beat out Edwards for the final roster spot.