Eagles Give Dixon Second Round Tender, What's Next at Defensive Tackle?

Defensive tackle is one spot of interest for the Eagles this offseason. Beyond Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, the picture at the position was a bit unclear.

But the Eagles have just taken a step to provide some clarity. The team announced moments ago that they have tendered a one-year qualifying offer to defensive tackle Antonio Dixon. Dixon, should he sign the tender, will make $1.927 million next season.

Teams will have until April 20 to match the Eagles’ offer. The Eagles will have seven days to match any offer Dixon receives, but will receive a second round pick if they opt not to match. Just don’t count on that.

Dixon is a nice player–he’s the team’s best run stopper and there’s no doubt that the interior of the defensive line suffered when he was lost for the season due to a torn triceps. Still, it remains highly unlikely that any team would forfeit a second round pick for the opportunity to sign a rotational player that has 49 career tackles and three sacks.

The Eagles now have three defensive tackles locked in for the 2012 season. As noted earlier, Derek Landri will get some looks on the open market. Reports indicate the Eagles are interested in retaining Landri, but won’t get into a bidding war to do so. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Eagles rounded out their defensive tackle rotation via the draft, opting to let Landri walk.

The good news? All the speculation stops in just a little less than 24 hours.

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