Philadelphia Eagles Will Have Three-Way Quarterback Competition in Training Camp

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIFebruary 14, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 05:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to throw a pass against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 5, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Philadelphia Eagles will have a three-way competition for the starting quarterback position in training camp. The competition, of course, will involve the newly signed Dennis Dixon, the veteran Michael Vick and last year's rookie, Nick Foles.

Dixon is the quarterback who, in my opinion, likely has the least chance of winning the starting job. At 28 years old, he's been a career backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, starting just three games in five seasons.

But he played at Oregon under Chip Kelly, the current head coach for the Eagles. That's a huge advantage, as Kelly's offense is fast-paced and difficult to master, and it's why the Eagles signed Dixon to a two-year deal on Thursday.

Vick, who turns 33 in June, was signed to a one-year deal worth up to $10 million. He earned the Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2010 but regressed in 2011 and turned into one of the league's worst starting quarterbacks in 2012 before a concussion knocked him out and gave Foles the starting job. He needs to prove that he has some magic left.

Foles started six games in 2012, winning just one. But he played with mostly backups, as left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and right tackle Todd Herremans all missed the entire Foles era. Running back LeSean McCoy, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end Brent Celek each missed time with injuries as well. 

As of now, the possibility exists that the Eagles could trade Foles. The Kansas City Chiefs have expressed interest in Foles, which makes sense because former Eagles head coach Andy Reid is entering his first year with the Chiefs. He's desperately in need of a quarterback, as veteran Matt Cassel and former first-round draft pick Brady Quinn have both proven that they're not good enough to start. 

Doug Pederson, the offensive coordinator in Kansas City, was the quarterbacks coach for Foles in 2012. 

My prediction is that Vick wins the starting job based on his speed and past experience as a (somewhat) successful NFL starter. I think Foles will be traded to the Chiefs for a mid-round draft pick, meaning Dixon will be the backup, unless the Eagles select a quarterback in April's draft. That's also a possibility.