Fantasy Football: Dennis Dixon's redemption song?
Recent reports suggest the Philadelphia Eagles will not have to make a decision on quarterback Michael Vick by Feb. 6, as once reported. The $3 million roster bonus is only due if he were to make less than $3 million in 2013, which isn't the case. He won't see the $15.5 million he is scheduled to earn, and Vick has made it clear that he isn't willing to take a substantial pay cut.
The current word is that neither Vick nor Nick Foles are in the plans of new head coach Chip Kelly. Look for Vick to be released, and Foles is likely to be dangled as trade bait, perhaps during the NFL Draft.
Conventional wisdom says Kelly will go with someone that he is comfortable with, a quarterback with whom he has had success within the confines of Kelly's spread system. Look for that man to be Dennis Dixon, a member of the Baltimore Ravens and formerly a Pittsburgh Steeler. In his brief showcase of work as a pro, the former Oregon Duck has attempted 59 passes, completing 59.3 of them, for 402 yards. He has three career turnovers and a pair of offensive touchdowns under his belt.
In Dixon's defense, he played in an offense that hardly suited his skill set, and he was never given a true opportunity to put it all on the table. In essence, his job replacing Ben Roethlisberger was simply to not screw up. It is tough to gauge a exactly what he is as a pro until he is in the right system.
Dixon's contract expires after the Super Bowl, so he could become an Eagle as soon as next week. Considering how little it would cost to sign him and how much will be saved by Vick's eventual release, Philly would be dumb not to bring Dixon in and see how he looks.
At 28 years old, in his fifth year, Dixon could develop into a sneaky fantasy football commodity. As a starter in Philadelphia, with talented weapons like LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek, Dixon could emerge as a low-end No. 1 fantasy passer, especially when you consider his mobility. Keep a close eye on this situation.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors. Follow @CoryKFFL
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