Thursday, January 31, 2013
Another QB idea for Philly
By Tim Kavanagh
As we've gotten somewhat of a better idea of how Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles are going to proceed this offseason, one of the major issues yet to be determined is what they'll do at QB. And the big portion of that issue is what they'll be doing with Michael Vick. Vick could stick with the team -- at the same, or a reduced rate -- or be released. If he does wind up elsewhere, the Eagles will need to add some other options.
According to a report from earlier this week, the Eagles aren't expected to make a decision on Vick by the Feb. 6 deadline when $3 million of his 2013 salary becomes guaranteed. But according to a report from CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher, Vick and Nick Foles may have some company on the roster sooner than that: current Ravens practice-squad member Dennis Dixon.
"Dixon, who engineered Kelly's offense to near perfection at Oregon and had his Heisman candidacy in 2007 derailed by a knee injury, is the only NFL quarterback that knows the coach's system inside-out and wouldn't be starting from Square 1," Mosher notes. "It's an obvious and expected pairing. Dixon is known to be thrilled that Kelly has made the leap from college to the pros and is eager for a reunion with his former college offensive coordinator."
The Eagles have also been linked to another player employed by one of the Super Bowl contestants -- Alex Smith -- and Smith has his own history with Kelly. Even after hiring perhaps the most-coveted HC candidate on the market this offseason, the Eagles will remain one of the more captivating teams in the weeks and months ahead.