The Washington Redskins’ quarterback situation was a bit of a mess in 2010.
Many people got their hopes up when former Pro Bowler Donovan McNabb arrived in town, but every single one of those who got their hopes up found themselves disappointed with how that turned out.
The Redskins currently have John Beck on top of the quarterback depth chart, while Kellen Clemens is the backup. It is expected that journeyman Rex Grossman will re-sign with the Redskins to compete with John Beck.
However, in the NFL, few things are ever certain, and there is a possibility that John Beck will be the undisputed starter in Washington by the start of the 2011 season.
Naturally, the Redskins have stated that the coaching staff believes in Beck as the starter in 2011. We think they’re just trying to avoid lowering his self-esteem unnecessarily.
There is always that slight possibility that John Beck might be the next Tom Brady, but more often than not, it doesn’t really pan out that way.
The fact of the matter is that the Washington Redskins have a bit of a quarterback crisis on their hands. John Beck has shown nothing to prove that he is a valid starter in this league. Kellen Clemens will never start again. Rex Grossman is a very weak starter at best.
Unfortunately for the Redskins, many capable quarterbacks have already been picked up by other teams. Vince Young ended up in Philly, Matt Hasselbeck will be the starter for Tennessee this upcoming season and Tarvaris Jackson will start for the Seahawks.
Really, the only teams that are lacking a decent starting quarterback at this point are the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins.
Enter Kyle Orton.
The Denver Broncos seemingly can’t wait to find out what Tim Tebow can do for the organization. Denver has clearly decided that Orton is not the team’s future, and that it is time to move on.
We don’t believe that Kyle Orton is the future in Washington either, but he is a better option than Rex Grossman and a far better quarterback than John Beck at this point.
Reportedly, the negotiations between the Broncos and the Dolphins have stalled over Orton’s $9-million contract. There is a possibility that his contract would have to be renegotiated in order for the Redskins to be interested.
Even if his contract is not reconstructed, the deal could still happen. The Redskins are desperate for a serviceable quarterback and have plenty of cap room freed after the trade away of Albert Haynesworth.
Look for the Washington Redskins to have a long look at Kyle Orton before the start of the 2011 season.