If the free agency rules are retained from the last CBA, Dixon would be a restricted free agent, meaning the Steelers get the right of first refusal and in Dixon’s case, a fifth-round choice if he signs with another team.
Dixon, the former Oregon star, is fully recovered from a severe knee injury he incurred in college. However, if Dixon was really impressive, the Steelers would have protected him more. Then again, the team seems like they still have hopes for Dixon, but they already have a QB making over $100 million, and Byron Leftwich is going to be the backup for another season.
In other words, if the Niners want him bad enough, he will be elsewhere in 2011.