(NEW YORK) — Quarterback Dennis Dixon signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday.
The signing reunites Dixon with his former college offensive coordinator at Oregon, and now Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
Kelly served as the Ducks offensive coordinator in 2007, Dixon’s senior season. Under Kelly, Dixon completed 67.7 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,136 yards, 20 touchdowns and four interceptions. Dixon also rushed for 583 yards and nine more touchdowns before tearing his MCL in the 10th game of the season. At the time of the injury, Dixon was considered a front runner for the Heisman Trophy and had led the Ducks to a No. 2 ranking.
“We are excited to bring in Dennis Dixon to compete at the quarterback position,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “Dennis is a veteran in this league that has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams in his career. He’s also very familiar with Chip Kelly and how he operates.”
The 28-year-old Dixon has spent his NFL career mainly as a backup. He played his first four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, starting three games in which he led the team to a 2-1 record.
Last season Dixon was the backup quarterback for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
Dixon becomes the fourth quarterback on the Eagles squad joining Michael Vick, Trent Edwards and Nick Foles.
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Jill Martin, CNN