The team agreed to terms on a 4-year deal with running back Anthony Dixon. Dixon has been a little banged up in OTAs, but has looked good enough for the team to get him inked. Dixon is the third draft pick to sign with the team so far, after WR Kyle Williams and CB Phillip Adams.
Dixon will be battling Glen Coffee for the backup running backup position (and potentially a roster spot) behind clear number one, Frank Gore. After what happened last season with Bear Pascoe, you should never assume that this kind of contract will hold, but one would think Dixon is relatively safe. The 49ers seem to be working their way up their draft picks, Nate Byham may be next (as Maiocco suggests via Twitter) if the pattern is to continue. After the jump, the official release.
The San Francisco 49ers today announced that they have signed RB Anthony Dixon to a four-year deal.
Dixon (6-1, 235), was a sixth-round selection (173rd overall) by the 49ers in this year’s draft out of Mississippi State. Dixon finished his career as the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,994 yards, playing in 48 of 49 career games. He also owns school records for career attempts (910) and rushing touchdowns (42).
Dixon set the Bulldog’s single-season rushing mark and ranked second in the SEC in with 1,391 rushing yards, as a senior. He also recorded 12 touchdowns and eight 100-yard rushing games. Dixon set the school’s single-game rushing record by recording 252 yards on 33 attempts at Kentucky.
Dixon attended Terry (MS) High School and finished his senior season with 2,683 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns. He is the third of the 49ers eight 2010 draft picks to sign.
At the official website, the recent Quick Hits has a bit on Dixon.