Need a franchise QB? Draft one

Trades or free agency may seem less risky, but numbers tell another story

Originally Published: April 28, 2011
By Marty Callinan and Jason Starrett | ESPN Stats & Information

For the handful of teams entering the 2011 season looking for answers at quarterback as the lockout holds up free agency and player trades, planning for the future at the all-important position may never be more difficult.

Teams needing a signal-caller have three options: use a draft pick, trade for a quarterback or sign one in free agency. The labor situation has put a wrinkle in this year's draft because teams cannot trade picks for players, so if a team needing a quarterback passes in ...

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