In an interesting move, the team signed Dixon to a two-year deal, keeping him under the team’s control through next season. Dixon was a very productive member of the defensive line rotation for the Eagles in 2009 and 2010. When he’s on top of his game, he can be a powerful presence on the interior of the line.
Dixon fell out of favor once former defensive line coach Jim Washburn joined the team, and was among the team’s final cuts at the end of this preseason. He’s spent time with the Jets and Browns, but has been out of the league since October 29th.
Dixon will have a chance to be part of the rotation again next season. Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton seem like the only defensive tackles on the roster that are locks to return next year. Cullen Jenkins and Derek Landri have had disappointing seasons, and it would be surprising to see either of them return in 2013, so the Eagles are getting a head start on the coming offseason by building up their depth at this position.