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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Agent explains Dennis Dixon's no-show

By James Walker

The training camp of the Pittsburgh Steelers is filled with early storylines. But one story that hasn't received much attention is the status of quarterback Dennis Dixon, who has been a no-show in camp.

A restricted free agent, Dixon has yet to sign his tender and hasn't reported to the Steelers. On Sunday, the AFC North blog caught up with Dixon's agent, Jeff Sperbeck, who said his client would prefer a chance to compete elsewhere rather than be a backup to two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger this season.

"Dennis would love the opportunity to start," Sperbeck said. "Yes, we would look forward to an opportunity for a trade -- it's a starting opportunity we're looking for."

Dixon has been a backup to Roethlisberger since 2008.

The Steelers put a fifth-round tender on Dixon this offseason, so there is a chance other teams could eventually show interest once the dust settles on unrestricted quarterbacks.