The Washington Post

Reports: Redskins release QB John Beck

After drafting their second quarterback in three days, the Washington Redskins released veteran John Beck, a person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday. .

The Redskins used the second overall pick of the draft to take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, whom the team introduced to fans at FedEx Field Saturday afternoon. With the 102nd pick of the draft (the seventh pick of the fourth round), Washington took Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins in a rather surprising move.

It marked the first time that the Redskins have taken two quarterbacks in the first four rounds of the draft.

In March, the Redskins re-signed veteran Rex Grossman, who started 13 of 16 games last season. Beck, who went 0-3 as a starter last year while throwing four interceptions and only two touchdowns, remained under contract and was owed $1.35 million.

But the Redskins deemed Beck expendable. Neither Beck nor his agent immediately returned messages left for them.

Washington acquired Beck from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for backup defensive back Doug Dutch late in training camp of 2010. The team signed Beck to a two-year extension only three weeks later.

Beck didn’t play a game in 2010, but entered training camp the following year as a contender for the starting job. Coach Mike Shanahan said he was confident that Beck, who at that point hadn’t played a game since his rookie year in 2007, was capable of being a quality starter in the NFL.

But Grossman beat out Beck for the starting job following the preseason. Grossman was benched for throwing four interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5. Beck played the fourth quarter of that game and started the next three games. But he struggled to perform under pressure, and Grossman reclaimed his job the day before Washington played Miami in Week 10.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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