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Report: Redskins cut quarterback John Beck after drafting Kirk Cousins

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Beck is the odd man out in Washington(US PRESSWIRE)

The Redskins surprised everyone when they decided to snag Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth round, just 100 picks after taking Robert Griffin III. Many folks were upset, but none so upset as John Beck, who has reportedly been cut by the Redskins.

That's according to a report from Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network and it means that Beck's time in Washington ends the same way his time in Miami ended: without him having ever won a game he started.

It's hard not to feel bad for Beck, who was overdrafted by the Dolphins in the second round in 2007 and, like every other below-average, second-round quarterback in Miami before him, presumed to be the future at quarterback for the Dolphins. He wasn't, and his time with the Fins eventually cut him. He was signed by the Ravens who then traded him to Washington for Doug Dutch.

Beck enthusiastically entered camp fighting Rex Grossman for the starter's job, but Grossman won out (and then predicted that Washington would win the NFC East!). Then Mike Shanahan decided that 3-2 wasn't a good enough record for Grossman and named Beck the starter.

At the time (October 19, 2011 to be precise), Shanahan was asked if Beck could be the long-term answer at quarterback for the Redskins even though he was 30 years old already.

“I don't think there's any question about it," Shanahan said. "It doesn't matter if you're 30. How much is your body bruised up? He has some experience there and he still has his speed. I like what I see and you have to see who's out there. I mean it's not like they fall out of trees, so you have to take a look and see which guy fits your system. I like what I see."

Beck wasn't going to see the field anyway, but the selection of Cousins meant he was absolutely expendable. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Redskins want to do with Cousins what the Falcons did with Matt Schaub and would expect to get two second-round picks in exchange for him.

No one put a third-round value on Cousins as recently as, you know, this week, so predicting the value of a quarterback in the future seems kind of silly at this stage.
 
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