Former Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Dennis Dixon is currently contemplating an offer from the United Football League's Sacramento Mountain Lions, according to a report from Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.
Dixon, a fifth-round pick of the Steelers back in 2008, has had three workouts since becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason but no teams have bit on the 6'3" dual threat. Florio claims that if the UFL finalizes their plan to allow players to leave for the NFL at any time without penalty, Dixon could very well be the new face of the Mountain Lions.
It's an interesting career development for Dixon, who seemed adequate enough in the two games he started in 2010 while Ben Roethlisberger was suspended. The former Heisman candidate for the Oregon Ducks completed 22 of his 32 passes for 254 yards and one interception, managing the game well enough to lead his team to victories over the Atlanta Falcons and the Tennessee Titans.
It's possible that NFL coaches are still too afraid of his knee woes, as Dixon tore his ACL in college and missed the rest of the 2010 season after injuring his knee in the Titans game. Still, if Dixon plays well enough in the UFL it's very possible he gets another chance in the majors with the brief flashes he's shown.