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Steelers' Dennis Dixon Says He Has Not Demanded Trade

Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon denies that he asked the Steelers' front office to be traded:

"It's not that I don't want to (be traded), but I've never (asked for) a trade before," Dixon said. Dixon wants to have a shot to compete for a starting quarterback spot, but he knows that there is not an opportunity in his current situation as the Steelers' No. 3 quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger.

At this point, a trade probably isn't going to help Dixon much. He's 26, doesn't have an outstanding pedigree (he was a fifth-round draft pick in 2008), and hasn't played much in the NFL. His best bet is to find some favorable situation where a team as an injury-prone starter and establish himself as a backup. That isn't really going to work for him in Pittsburgh, but it's not as if opportunities are teeming elsewhere either. 

Dixon was a restricted free agent heading into this season, and the Steelers offered a fifth-round tender, so another team would have had to give up a pick in the later part of the 2012 draft to get him. That didn't happen despite the low price.

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