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More proCanes Cut, But Some Getting Signed

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NFL teams are cutting their rosters down to the final 53 but also adding to their rosters.

OL Tyler Horn was released by the Texans.

TE Chase Ford who was cut by the Minnesota Vikings was SIGNED to the Vikings practice squad. WR Tommy Streeter who was cut by the Ravens has been signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad. DL Marcus Forston was signed to the Patriots practice squad. DE Adewale Ojomo who was previously cut by the NY Giants was signed to the Giants’ practice squad.

LB Rocky McIntosh was released by the Lions. LB/DE Baraka Atkins was cut by the New Orleans Saints. DB DeMarcus Van Dyke who was cut by the Steelers and then placed on IR, was waived off of IR with a Settlement. TE Richard Gordon was cut by the Raiders. DL Antonio Dixon was cut by the Eagles. DL Micanor Regis was cut by the Falcons.

Previously, after the third NFL Pre Season game, four proCanes were cut. Ravens WR and RB Tommy Streeter and Damien Berry were waived respectively. Eagles Safety Kenny Phillips was waived. Raiders DB Cory Nelms was also waived.


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Antonio Dixon may not fit 3-4

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Philadelphia Eagles DT Antonio Dixon may not return to the team next season because he is probably too small to play nose tackle in the 3-4 defensive alignment.



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Antonio Dixon could play nose tackle

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Philadelphia Eagles DT Antonio Dixon could play nose tackle for the Eagles in a 3-4 defense. The problem with Dixon, according to Rich Hoffmann of the Daily News, is that he may not be big enough to play the position, meaning the Eagles may have to try to find someone to play the position.




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Eagles sign Antonio Dixon to plug hole in defensive line

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It’s not exactly the 11th hour, but it is the 16th game, so Antonio Dixon was surprised when his phone rang on Tuesday and the voice on the other end wanted to know if he would be interested in signing a two-year contract with the Eagles.

Dixon, a defensive tackle, played for the Eagles for three seasons -- he started 10 games in 2010 -- before being released in training camp this year because he didn't suit the Wide-9 formation the team was playing at the time. He signed with Indianapolis and played two games with the Colts before he was released again, so Dixon headed home to Homestead, Fla., to lose some weight and stay in shape and hope another team would call.

But, as week after week went by and there were no calls, he was beginning to accept that his career might be over. And then, finally, the phone rang.

“I was surprised a little bit because you never know what changes or who'll call you,'' Dixon said. “I'm really happy to be back, though, to play with the Eagles again.”

There's a good chance he wouldn't be back with them if Jim Washburn, the defensive line coach who installed the Wide-9, hadn't been fired a month ago. But Dixon said he harbored no bad feelings toward Washburn or the Eagles after they released him.

“I know it's a business,'' he said. “I've seen a lot of people get cut -- I was one of them. It's a business, and you can't be mad for a long time. You've just got to get over it.”

The Eagles signed Dixon because it appears rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox won't play in Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants. Coach Andy Reid said there was no guarantee Dixon would suit up for Sunday's game, but Dixon later said he had been told he would be active and see playing time. And he said he's ready.

“This is why they brought me back, because they need my help,'' he said. “And I told them I would give them everything I've got.”


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Antonio Dixon Waived

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have waived running back Mewelde Moore and nose tackle Antonio Dixon.

Indy also promoted cornerback Marshay Green and fullback Robert Hughes from the practice squad to the active roster on Monday, and signed cornerback Teddy Williams to the practice squad.

The moves come one day after starting cornerback Vontae Davis left the Colts' 19-13 overtime victory at Tennessee with a left knee injury. Interim coach Bruce Arians says Davis' MRI results were not yet available.

Moore had nine carries for 14 yards and four receptions for 36 yards and one TD in six games this season. Dixon made one tackle in two games.

Green and Hughes were cut in August and signed to the Colts' practice squad in October. The speedy Williams was cut by the Dallas Cowboys in August.


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Colts sign tackle Antonio Dixon

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The Indianapolis Colts signed nose tackle Antonio Dixon and promoted linebacker Jerry Brown and defensive end Clifton Geathers from the practice squad to the active roster today.

The team also waived cornerback Justin King.

Dixon’s and Geathers’ signings is an indication that defensive end Fili Moala (knee sprain) and nose tackle Martin Tevaseu (foot) are likely to miss some time. Both were injured Sunday, when the Colts beat the Green Bay Packers.

Dixon (6-3, 322) appeared in 35 career games with 10 starts with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Colts also signed linebacker D.J. Bryant, cornerback Isaiah Green, fullback Robert Hughes and tight end Dominique Jones to the practice squad. The team released running back Alvester Alexander from the practice squad and linebacker Mario Addison was signed off the practice squad to the Washington Redskins active roster.


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Antonio Dixon Gets Another Workout

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The Patriots have released wide receiver Greg Salas, linebacker Mike Rivera and fullback Lex Hilliard, according to a league source.

Salas, who was inactive during Week 2, was acquired via trade from the Rams on Sept. 1. In exchange, the Patriots shipped St. Louis a seventh-round pick in 2015.

Rivera, 26, was signed to the Patriots' practice squad in November 2011 and found a spot on the 53-man roster this season. He has played a special teams role in each of the team's two regular-season contests.

The team added Hilliard leading up the regular-season opener and served in a situational fullback role. Hilliard played four of the team's 82 offensive snaps in Week 2.

In addition to the roster moves, the Patriots hosted seven players for a work out on Tuesday: defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, offensive tackle Tommie Draheim, defensive tackle Terrell McClain, offensive tackle Nick Mondek, wide receiver Kashif Moore, wide receiver Brian Robiskie and linebacker Nathan Stupar.


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Antonio Dixon had a good workout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Former Eagles defensive tackle Antonio Dixon had a workout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dixon worked out for the New York Giants last week. Dixon's agent, Alonzo Shavers, said his client had a good workout with Tampa but did not sign a deal.




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Antonio Dixon works out

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out free-agent DT Antonio Dixon (Eagles) Tuesday, Sept. 11. Dixon worked out with the New York Giants last week.





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Giants Work Out Antonio Dixon

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The Giants worked out 19 players Friday: Guard Roger Allen, defensive back David Caldwell, receiver Michael Campbell, defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, defensive back James Dockery, receiver Jeremy Ebert, defensive back Terrence Frederick, defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton, quarterback Brian Hoyer, running back Kareem Huggins, receiver Dan Keegan, defensive back Elbert Mack, quarterback Josh McCown, quarterback Stephen McGee, tight end Troy McKenna, defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, receiver Jordan Shipley, tight end Mickey Shuler, and center Scott Wedige. Some of these players were pretty close to making other roster, especially Owusu-Ansah, Mack and Ebert.

I believe this was about getting these guys on their radar and telling them to be ready if another injury happens. Since they already played Wednesday, they can already sign vested veterans such as these without having to fully guarantee their salary.


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Eagles Release Antonio Dixon

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There were rumors this pre-season that Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Antonio Dixon could be released because he didn’t fit the Eagles defensive line scheme. Dixon was having a great season last year before suffering a season ending arm injury. Dixon is a very effective run stuffer and shouldn’t be a free agent for very long.



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On the bubble? Antonio Dixon faces uncertain future

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About 20 minutes after Tuesday’s practice, Antonio Dixon slouched in the folding chair at his locker, gazing into his uncertain future.

In one vision, Dixon pictured another season of rotating in and out of the Eagles’ defensive line, smothering ball carriers and occasionally showing off his improved pass rush.

In another, he’s playing somewhere else, jettisoned to who-knows-where as the team makes its final roster decisions.

“There’s a lot of good players here,” Dixon said “That’s obviously why I’m in the predicament I’m in, because it’s a pretty good team. We’re stacked on the D-line.”

Reality is settling in for the fourth-year veteran who arrived in 2009 as a rookie free agent cut loose by the Redskins and claimed quickly off waivers by the Eagles. A stout, 322-pound defensive tackle with better-than-average quickness and lateral movement, Dixon quickly carved his niche in the team’s run defense. By 2010, he started 10 games in place of an injured Brodrick Bunkley.

But then came a dramatic scheme change introduced in 2011 by new defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who prioritized speed over size and made sacking quarterbacks the top priority for every lineman, tackle or end.

Then came a torn triceps injury last October that cut short Dixon’s season after four games.

Then came first-round pick Fletcher Cox, a defensive tackle with tremendous burst off scrimmage, and the emergence of second-year tackle Cedric Thornton, another high-upside prospect who is custom made for Washburn’s scheme.

On Tuesday, head coach Andy Reid said the front-office phones are ringing off the hook, and you have to wonder if trade talk at the NovaCare Complex centers on Dixon and Darryl Tapp, another lineman who could become casualty of the numbers game.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty,” admitted Dixon, who will play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Jets. “I just found out today. I just know that I’ve got to go out and play my best, and if they don’t keep me I’ve just got to try to go somewhere else.”

All NFL teams must trim their rosters to 53 by Friday evening. Even with defensive tackle Mike Patterson ineligible to play until Week 6 at the earliest, the Eagles have 11 other linemen -- six ends,  five tackles -- jockeying for snaps or jobs.

It’s possible the Eagles keep them all and go thin at another position, but it’s also possible that Dixon and Tapp are victims of the youth movement.

Dixon, who’s had a rough camp at times, admitted that he has no clue right now where he stands.

“I don’t know, to tell you the truth,” he said. “It’s kind of hard right now.”

Asked if he’d be surprised to be headed for the exit Friday night, Dixon shook his head.

“I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said.


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Antonio Dixon considered a poor fit for Eagles' style

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Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News is concerned that DT Antonio Dixon is a poor fit for DL coach Jim Washburn's style.

The 6'3/322 Dixon is a strong run-stuffer, but Washburn's primary objective is getting to the passer. Despite Bowen's concerns, Dixon figures to make the team and play regular snaps, especially with Mike Patterson (brain surgery) out of action. Dixon will rotate with Cullen Jenkins, Derek Landri and rookie Fletcher Cox.


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Antonio Dixon on roster bubble

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Antonio Dixon is on the roster bubble.

The Eagles defensive tackle has been there before. But this year he may face his toughest challenge even with the team down a defensive tackle with Mike Patterson currently sidelined.

“I was a free agent so I never feel like I got it made -- until you get that big contract,” Dixon said. “But I’m still out here every day grinding, doing what Coach Wash wants me to do.”

“Coach Wash” would be, of course, Jim Washburn. The defensive line coach can be heard from long distance barking at Dixon for long stretches of practice. Washburn likes his defensive tackles to be fast and athletic because he stresses the pass rush above all.

Dixon doesn’t necessarily fit the mold. He’s a big-bodied run stopper, probably better suited to play nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. He came into camp last year after the lockout weighing a whopping 355 pounds. The additional weight put pressure on his back and slowed his motor. Dixon suffered a season-ending torn triceps in October and then needed back surgery in the offseason.

Despite Washburn’s system, the Eagles retained Dixon, who was an unrestricted free agent, in March. They still need run-stoppers, after all.

“He’ll sort of treat me different,” Dixon said of Washburn. “He let’s me do more stuff on my own. Let’s say there’s a big gap, he’ll tell me to jump over and play the run because I’m a legitimate nose tackle.”

With Patterson out till who knows when because of his January brain surgery, Dixon could be assured a roster spot based on his run-stopping abilities alone. But he hasn’t looked as swift as he did in 2009 and 2010. He said he currently weighs 335 pounds, slightly more than his listed 322.

Defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox and Derek Landri are guaranteed roster spots. If Patterson starts the season on the Physically Unable to Perform List that could leave Dixon and second-year defensive tackle Cedric Thornton fighting for the last spot. The Eagles could keep five defensive tackles, though, depending on how many ends they keep.

“We’re going to miss Mike P. Hopefully he comes back soon,” Dixon said. “But we’re really going to need a run-stopper. Last year we struggled in the run game. I think I can be a big help especially now that we got [middle linebacker] DeMeco [Ryans].”


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Antonio Dixon tackles health and weight issues in strong return to Eagles

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Given the setback encountered by Mike Patterson in his recovery from brain surgery, Antonio Dixon's return to the Philadelphia Eagles from his triceps injury has come just in time.

The fourth-year defensive tackle became the forgotten man of the defense last year after his season ended in the first week of October, when he tore the triceps in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Two days later he was on the injured reserve list and headed for his first surgery.

Dixon admits he didn't handle that period very well.

His weight had already ballooned, the result of previous injuries and the NFL lockout.

But there was more.

"I had never had surgery before," Dixon said, "so it was pretty tough. I was a little depressed some days [not being able to help]. ... They fought hard every game. We just couldn't put it together. It made me realize how important I am for the team. So I just have to stay healthy and stay in shape."

Dixon has more control over the second part of that goal than the first. To that end, he plans to hire a personal nutritionist/chef to take over the meal-planning and preparing portion of his life.

Dixon actually has already made great strides from where he was last year at this time.

"He was so heavy and out of shape," recalled defensive line coach Jim Washburn of his first meeting with Dixon last summer, following a long labor stoppage that meant no offseason minicamps for the players and no use of the team's facilities. "It was disgusting how out of shape he was last year.

"It was not him. He had all these injuries and no offseason. ... But he looked so much different for spring, and I'm so excited about him. I didn't know what we had. And now, getting himself in shape, making a commitment — I'll tell you what. Two words: Barry Rubin."

Rubin, of course, is the Eagles' head strength and conditioning coach who put together the plan that dropped Dixon to his more manageable current weight of 338 pounds, just about two weeks away, according to Dixon, from his target of 330.

Washburn and the Eagles now may be able to count on Dixon to step in and provide what Patterson has for seven straight seasons — all except one as a fulltime starter. That would be huge, considering how much Washburn thinks of Patterson, who will sit out this camp and be out indefinitely until his surgeon pronounces his skull sufficiently healed from the operation more than six months ago.

"I'll miss the guy when I turn on the film on Monday morning [the guy who] plays solid the whole time," Washburn said of Patterson. "He's just always in the right place. He does the right thing and he's going to play hard and he knows what to do. It's a constant.

"You turn on the film and you wonder how's Vinny [Curry] or Fletcher [Cox] going to play or whatever, but Mike was the old solid guy that was always there, and that's a comfort to a coach to know that he's always going to do the right thing."

At the very least, Dixon has earned Washburn's trust and admiration.

"This spring he worked his butt off," the coach said. "He's down. I don't know how much he weighs. He's maybe 330 from 360 or whatever it was. He's in so much better shape and I went, 'Wow, this guy's got some quickness.' He likes to play and he's tough, but he's got ability.

"He's a real guy. I'm really excited about him. And he's such a good person. He wants to be a good player. He's going to help us a lot."

Without Patterson in the mix, Dixon might even start, although all of the four tackles who eventually will wind up in the rotation are considered starters anyway by head coach Andy Reid because they essentially play the same number of snaps.

"The thing I'm good at is getting off the ball," Dixon said, "so Coach Washburn's system fits me a lot."

Especially now that Dixon literally fits into the system.


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Antonio Dixon to get first shot at DT gig?

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The Philadelphia Inquirer expects Antonio Dixon to get the first crack at Mike Patterson's (brain surgery) starting defensive tackle job.

Patterson has been ruled out for training camp and it would not be a surprise if he misses more time than that. Even if Dixon wins the starting job, it will only be a nominal designation. First-round pick Fletcher Cox, versatile Cullen Jenkins and run-stuffer Derek Landri will all rotate heavily. The Eagles' defense won't miss Patterson too sorely.


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Antonio Dixon underwent back surgery

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Eagles DT Antonio Dixon (torn triceps) underwent January surgery to remove a herniated disk from his back.

Dixon has been back on the field for OTAs and insists both his back and his triceps are 100 percent healed. Although he was limited to just four games last season, Dixon had emerged as a strong run-stuffer down the stretch in 2010.


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Eagles glad to have a healthy Antonio Dixon

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WHENEVER A PLAYER sits in the trainer’s room at Lincoln Financial Field while a game is in progress, he is in some sort of misery.

On Oct. 2, Antonio Dixon lived a special sort of misery as Frank Gore gashed his Eagles in a loss that cost them dearly.

One more win, and the Eagles occupy the playoff spot the Giants used to win the Super Bowl.

Of all the bad plays and the bad luck and the bad coaching that comprised the Failure of 2011, losing an undrafted run-stopper in Game 4 played as large a role as anything. Maybe a larger role than most.

This season, even with the addition of first-round tackle Fletcher Cox, Dixon, at 6-3 and upwards of 330 pounds, should play a larger role than ever.
Certainly, Dixon’s value should be better appreciated after what his absence meant last season.

"Dixon, with his size and explosiveness, he’s pretty unique. When he went down last year, we really missed that," said fellow tackle Cullen Jenkins. "All of us other tackles, we don’t have that size and the ability to just fire off the ball and just push guys around and collapse it. We missed that."

In Dixon’s absence, Jenkins, a free agent acquired to rush the passer, found himself thrust into more run-defense situations. The limitations of Trevor Laws and Mike Patterson were magnified. The Eagles had to re-sign Derek Landri, whom they cut out of training camp.

And, without Dixon for less than 30 minutes, they lost to the Niners.

After a harmless, 40-yard scoot on his first touch, Gore was limited to 19 yards on five touches until early in the third quarter. Subtract Gore’s first run and the Niners, as a team, gained 33 yards on 11 carries.

Seven of those 11 rushes were for 3 yards or less. Of those 19 yards, 15 were meaningless.

The Niners’ running attack was absent. Finally, the wide-nine defensive line scheme was working.

The Eagles led, 23-10.

Dixon tore his left triceps on the next drive.

Gore gained 68 yards, scored a touchdown and ran out the clock on his next nine carries.

Dixon could only watch.

"I saw him running all over the defense. I was going crazy in the back," Dixon said. "I couldn’t help my teammates. It was pretty hard to watch.

“The first two quarters we shut them down. Then I got hurt, and he gutted us."

It was no easier to watch 2 months later in Seattle, when Marshawn Lynch trampled them for 148 yards and two touchdowns, another deflating, costly loss. Maybe a worse loss, considering it dropped the Eagles to 4-8 and made their route to making the playoffs an indecipherable combination of unlikely events.

The loss in Seattle hurt, but the Seahawks and Lynch owned that game.

Against the Niners, the Eagles blew a 20-point lead, in the second half, at home.

"The Seattle game was hard to watch, too. Because I know I could’ve helped the run game," Dixon said. "But it was harder to watch San Francisco come back."

At the same time, it was a privilege for Dixon to be missed.

Dixon, 26, has overcome homelessness, a learning disability, a speech impediment and a weight problem. Then, he was undrafted. The Redskins signed him as a rookie free agent in 2009 and planned to stash him on the practice squad. That required Dixon to clear waivers, and the Eagles snared him.

Dixon played in 31 of 32 games in 2009 and 2010. Last season, he played ahead of Laws, a second-round pick whom the Eagles let go to St. Louis via free agency. He was a big reason the Eagles traded 2006 first-round pick Broderick Bunkley in 2011.

"Trevor and Bunkley, they’re my dogs … but it makes me proud that the Eagles wanted me," Dixon said.

They didn’t just want him. They needed him.

They need him now.

Dixon stayed in Philadelphia the entire offseason, fed at the Eagles’ strict training trough and supplemented his rehab routine with a rigorous workout regimen.

Dixon weighs 332 pounds, about the same as last year.

Only now, he can see his feet.

"He’s in the best shape he’s ever been in," said defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. "You can see the excitement in his face."

You could see the excitement on Castillo’s face, too.

He got his run-stopper back.

If only …

OK, Dixon finishing the game against the Niners does not guarantee a win.

In that same game, Alex Henery missed two field goals inside of 40 yards. Jeremy Maclin fumbled in Niners territory late in the fourth quarter. And, of course, Ronnie Brown turned the ball over at the goal line on a halfback option pass, the Eagles’ most absurd play-call of the season.

But a stop here, a tackle there … who knows?

Maybe the Giants aren’t smiling.


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Antonio Dixon To Be Instrumental In Eagles' D Next Season

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Antonio Dixon: All the talk on the defensive line has centered on draft picks Fletcher Cox (first round) and Vinny Curry (second round). Dixon, the big defensive tackle who spent last year on injured reserve with a torn tricep, still has 20-25 pounds on any of his linemates and remains the team’s best run-stopper in the middle of the line.

Cox is likely to rotate with Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins at the defensive tackle position, but coordinator Juan Castillo will find room for Dixon even if it is just in the all-important short-yardage and goal-line packages.


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Antonio Dixon In Great Shape

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Not that this is an exact science, because we are just eyeballing now, but I would say that Antonio Dixon is in fantastic shape. I won't guess his weight, but he looks to have shed big-time pounds and understands that he got too heavy last season. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn wants quickness off the ball and up the field and I know Washburn thinks Dixon can be a really good player. Imagine what a much-improved Dixon would mean to this defensive line.


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Antonio Dixon Signs

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The Eagles continue to make moves, as the team announced Wednesday the re-signing of defensive tackle Antonio Dixon and a trade of offensive tackle Winston Justice. Justice and a 2012 sixth-round pick will be sent to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2012 sixth-round pick.

Dixon, meanwhile, was a restricted free agent tendered at the second-round level. The 26-year-old defensive tackle was originally claimed off waivers prior to the 2009 season opener. The powerful, run-stuffing defensive tackle has played in 35 games (10 starts) for the Eagles, compiling 62 tackle, 3.0 sacks and one blocked field goal. He spent much of the 2011 season on injured reserve with a torn triceps.


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Eagles Tender RFA Antonio Dixon

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The Eagles tendered defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, a restricted free agent, at a second-round level on Monday.

If another team attempts to sign Dixon before April 20, the Eagles would have seven days to match the offer or receive a second-round draft pick as compensation.

Dixon's salary for the year will be $1.927 million.

The fourth-year defensive tackle suffered a season-ending triceps tear in October, but is said to be on course to return by the start of spring practices. Dixon, a former undrafted free agent of the Redskins, was acquired by the Eagles in 2009 and developed into one of their best run-stopping defensive tackles.

Dixon is the Eagles' lone restricted free agent.

Free agency and the start of the league year opens Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Eagles have ten unrestricted free agents, including guard Evan Mathis and defensive tackle Derek Landri.


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