NFL notes: Eagles sign Dennis Dixon
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a two-year contract with quarterback Dennis Dixon, who spent the past season with the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens on their practice squad.
The move, announced Thursday, comes three days after the Eagles restructured Michael Vick’s contract, bringing him back to compete with Nick Foles for the starting job.
The 28-year-old Dixon had a standout career at Oregon when Chip Kelly was Ducks offensive coordinator. Kelly replaced Andy Reid as Eagles coach after leading Oregon to a 46-7 mark the past four years.
A fifth-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2008, Dixon has started three NFL games in five seasons. He has 402 yards passing and one touchdown on 35 for 49 passing. He’s also rushed for 56 yards and one score.
Bills release McGee: The Buffalo Bills are continuing their purge of veteran defensive players by releasing oft-injured cornerback Terrence McGee.
Having spent 10 seasons in Buffalo, McGee was among the Bills’ longest-serving active players. Injuries, however, began catching up to McGee who finished last season on injured reserve for the third time in four years.
He was limited to just seven games before having surgery on a left knee that hadn’t fully healed from the previous year. McGee had one year left on a contract he had restructured a year ago.
Carter credits Vikings for turnaround: Cris Carter is back in Minnesota for the first time since his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Walking the halls at Vikings headquarters, he says that without the team’s help in curtailing his drinking and helping him recover from a cocaine addiction, he never would have been in a position to join the Hall. Carter was claimed on waivers after being cut by Philadelphia in 1990. He says team owners challenged him to give up drinking and rededicate himself to the game and to his life. Carter choked up several times on Thursday while reminiscing about his time with the Vikings.
Lions hire secondary coach: The Detroit Lions have hired Marcus Robertson to be their secondary coach.
He was on the staff with the Tennessee Titans from 2007-11, beginning as an assistant secondary coach and eventually becoming the secondary coach.