Antonio Dixon. Image via sportselitemag.com.
It was expected that the Eagles would make an offer to their sole restricted free agent, DT Antonio Dixon. And on Monday they did just that.
Other teams have until April 20 to make Dixon an offer, if they are interested. Should that occur, the Eagles have 7 days to match it. If they do not, then Philadelphia will receive a 2nd round draft pick as compensation if Dixon goes to another team.
The 2011 season ended early for Dixon, whose season ended after 4 games with a triceps injury. Dixon has been with the team for three years.
In 2010, Dixon was the Eagles’ second-best run defender to Trent Cole, according to Pro Football Focus. Dixon made 24 solo defensive stops and tallied four quarterback pressures. PFF referred to Dixon as a “Secret Superstar” last April, pointing to the Birds’ 2010 matchup with the Bears in which Dixon notched three tackles for losses and frustrated perennial Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz.