QB Dixon will sign tender with Steelers

Quarterback Dennis Dixon will sign his one-year restricted free-agent tender with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the AFC North blog has learned. The move is expected as early as Monday, which will allow Dixon to practice with Pittsburgh later this week.

According to Dixon's agent Jeff Sperbeck, the desire for a trade and an opportunity to compete for a starting job remains the same. But it was best for Dixon to get into training camp before he missed more time.

Pittsburgh offered a fifth-round tender to Dixon, who has backed up Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger the past three seasons. Other teams can sign Dixon this summer at the expense of losing a late-round draft pick. Pittsburgh also has the right to match any offer.