John Beck Traded to Redskins, Colt Brennan Released
After the trade was completed, the Redskins released third-year QB Colt Brennan. Considered Washington's QB of the future not all that long ago, Brennan never threw a regular-season pass and spent all of 2009 on injured reserve.
"It was a total surprise," Brennan told The Washington Post of being cut. "I really thought I had a good practice [Monday]. I really liked working with the staff."
Beck has not played in a regular-season game since 2007, his rookie season out of BYU, when he started four games for the Dolphins. In his brief audition, Beck completed 60 of 107 pass attempts for 559 yards and one TD. He did not see action for Miami in 2008, nor for Baltimore in 2009.
With Brennan out of the picture, Beck slides into the No. 3 QB spot -- Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman figure to hold the top-two QB positions for the Redskins. Washington also has Richard Bartel, a member of the team's practice squad in 2009, in camp at the moment.
Brennan, a sixth-round pick out of Hawaii in 2008, had been a fan favorite in D.C. but has struggled to progress in his young career. Some of that can be attributed to injuries -- the latest, a knee issue that forced Brennan to undergo arthroscopic surgery in the offseason. He was unable to unseat Todd Collins as the backup to Jason Campbell in either of the past two seasons and found himself buried behind the McNabb-Grossman duo this year.
Dutch, 24, went undrafted out of Michigan in 2009. He spent last preseason with Washington, then rejoined the team's practice squad midway through the regular season.