Many thought when the Buffalo Bills conducted a bit of a quarterback search over the weekend that the team would sign Dennis Dixon to back up Jeff Tuel and possibly start against the Cincinnati Bengals. Obviously that’s no longer the case, but according to a report Dixon is still set to join the Bills—sort of.
I'm told that QB Dennis Dixon is set to sign with the #Bills practice squad and will join the team on Tues. Dixon worked out with team Sun
— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) October 8, 2013
Jeff Russo over at WKBW-TV reports that Dixon will sign with the Bills today and join their practice squad, giving the team for the time being three quarterbacks in the organization. It’s pretty amazing that Dixon even has practice squad eligibility as he’s 28-years old and has been in the league for six years. However, he’s only appeared in four games throughout his career.
Head coach Doug Marrone said on Monday the quarterback situation would be a week to week thing while E.J. Manuel was out, and that certainly appears to be the case. Perhaps Dixon even sticks around once Manuel is healthy again. Keep in mind— Thad Lewis was promoted from the practice squad yesterday and is currently the team’s starter. Depending on the length of Manuel’s absence Lewis could play himself out of practice squad eligibility. At that point upon Manuel’s return Marrone would either have to release Lewis, cut Tuel with the hope he clears waivers and can go on the practice squad, or keep three active quarterbacks on the roster—not counting Dixon.
Dixon has spent four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, one with Balitmore and was on the Philadelphia Eagles roster this summer before getting cut. He, along with Pat White worked out for the Bills this past weekend.