Should We Grab Ourselves A Beck?

As some of you might know due to my recent comments, I’m a fan of Dolphins QB John Beck. Well, the second-year player might be cut or traded soon. I used to live in Miami, and I’ve heard through the grapevine that Bill Parcells isn’t a big fan, and because of that he is actively shopping Beck for a fifth-round pick. They’ve contacted the Chargers, Giants and Ravens, and the Seahawks called about him today. Apparently, no team has much interest at the current asking price. The Chiefs haven’t yet shown any interest at all.

I think the situation here is pretty clear. The Tuna obviously doesn’t have any interest in Beck. He’s not a Parcells’ pick like Chad Henne (who has a milk-carton jaw straight out of Batman the Animated Series), and the team has invested more money in Josh McCown (plus, Bill brought him in). With newcomer Chad Pennington anointed the starter, that leaves Beck as the likely odd man out. No teams keep four quarterbacks nowadays. Well, except the Bucs. The rest of the league knows that Parcells will likely cut Beck, so why give up anything better than a seventh for him? Then again, I’ve heard that Parcells will get pissed and cut him before he takes a seventh-rounder. Talk about Tropic Thunder–temper, temper, temper.

Again, I like Beck. Considering his religious and philanthropic backgrounds, he would be a safe player to invest in, a great locker room presence and a role model within the community. The Chiefs value all of the above. Additionally, he is only a second-year QB and has the potential to be a starter in this league for a long time. Getting a second-round QB this early in his career at a bargain-bin price–either via trade or free agency–is pretty much a steal. Even if he flops. He would be great Brodie Croyle insurance.

Here’s what I said about Beck when I used to cover the Dolphins:

QB John Beck (second round) – This is the player everyone involved with the Dolphins should be excited about. So far he’s shown a strong arm and pinpoint accuracy. It might be his non-physical attributes, however, that are the most encouraging. Not only has Beck, a former BYU star, sought out and embraced veteran quarterback Trent Green as his mentor, but he’s assuming a leadership role himself. During Oklahoma drills this week Beck was fired up, rallying both his offensive and defensive teammates. Beck’s to-date progress couldn’t be much more hopeful.

Here’s a piece I did on him comparing him favorably to Brady Quinn. While I liked the idea of bringing in Byron Leftwich or Chris Simms to compete at the QB position, I am much, much higher on Beck. Like Zach said to me on the phone today, the grass might be greener on the other side with all those guys, but we know for sure that Leftwich and Simms have some dead brown spots, some weeds. Beck’s lawn could still end up being one of the better ones out there.

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