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Cowboys fans were thrilled to read a report Monday on a Miami Herald blog that owner Jerry Jones might have some interest in Dolphins quarterback John Beck. If for no other reason, it replaced the talk of Chris Simms for at least one day.
Earlier this afternoon a league source told me it's been nine days since the Cowboys inquired about Beck. Someone from Parcells' compound instructed them that the Dolphins weren't ready to deal Beck, who along with Josh McCown, doesn't appear to be in position to compete for the starting job.
If you start hearing reports soon that Beck is lighting it up in practice, you'll know the Dolphins are attempting to trade him. No matter how you look at it, when you bring in Quincy Carter for a workout, it's probably not a sign that you're in love with your quarterback situation.
How long did it take the Dolphins to sign Chad Pennington once he'd been released by the Jets? I'd have to say at least three or four minutes.
The Cowboys are actually pleased with the way 39-year-old Brad Johnson's been playing, so you shouldn't assume that Beck would immediately become the No. 2 guy.
I don't think this deal's going to happen, but the Cowboys would certainly like the opportunity to get a former second-round pick on the cheap. Last season they gambled on being able to sneak Matt Moore onto their practice squad and the plan backfired.
Right now, Richard Bartel is listed as the No. 3 quarterback in Dallas. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is fond of Bartel, but he'd probably prefer working with Beck.