Dennis Dixon starred for offensive mastermind Chip Kelly’s Oregon Ducks from 2004 until he was drafted in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008.
Five years later, the two may be reunited in Philadelphia.
According to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, Dixon could be be joining his former coach in his new digs as the head coach of the Eagles as early as next week.
Dixon spent most of that 2008 season deactivated as the third-stringer behind starter Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich. He made his first career start in 2009 after both were injured, throwing a touchdown and an interception in a 20-17 overtime loss to the Ravens.
Unfortunately, Dixon tore his maniscus towards the end of the 2010 season, forcing him to miss the rest of the year and all of 2011.
He was signed to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad this season. For the last 10 days, he has been doing his best Colin Kaepernick impression as Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and the rest of the Ravens defense readies itself to take on San Francisco’s rock star second-year man.
The reason Kaepernick is starting for the Niners is because starter Alex Smith went down with a concussion in Week 9. There are also rumors swirling that Kelly would like the organization to trade for Smith following the Super Bowl.
Because Dixon is preparing for the Super Bowl along with the rest of Baltimore, he and Kelly must wait until after the big game. However, the free agent will be expected to head to Philly soon after the Super Bowl, regardless of the outcome.
As a senior at Oregon, Dixon completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 2,136 yards, 20 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also ran for 583 yards and nine more scores.