Redskins give ex-Ravens QB Beck 3-year contract

The Washington Redskins have signed quarterback John Beck to a three-year contract worth $3.35 million.

The deal is essentially a two-year extension and puts Beck under contract through the 2012 season. More importantly, it appears to solidify his spot on the roster as the third-string quarterback. He had been competing with Richard Bartel for the No. 3 spot behind Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman.

Beck was acquired Aug. 2 in a trade with the Ravens.

Beck was with Baltimore last year and previously sent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him in the second round out of Brigham Young in 2007. He hasn't played in the regular season since his rookie year, when he appeared in five games.

Officials: The NFL will move umpires back to their old spots during the final five minutes of tonight's preseason games.

Previously they were in the old spot for only the final two minutes of each half.

NFL spokesman Corry Rush confirmed the adjustment Wednesday.

League officials decided to move umpires from the old spot, in the middle of the defense, to behind the deepest running back for safety reasons. But Peyton Manning complained about the switch after being called twice for illegal snaps when the umpire couldn't get into position quickly enough last week at Green Bay.

The NFL will again re-evaluate the new policy after this week's preseason finales. The change could become permanent when the regular season starts.

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Cardinals: Arizona signed Pro Bowl defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to a four-year, $48 million contract extension with $30 million guaranteed.

Dockett had two years left on his previous contract, so the new deal keeps him under contract through the 2015 season. A third-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2004, Dockett had seven sacks last season, the most for an NFL defensive tackle.

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