Sam Bradford

With Ravens drafting Jackson as successor to Flacco, a recent history of teams drafting their future QBs

With Ravens drafting Jackson as successor to Flacco, a recent history of teams drafting their future QBs

In 2004, the Washington Redskins gave a seven-year, $43 million contract to a quarterback described by one unnamed AFC general manager as “on his last legs.” The next year, late in the first round of the NFL draft, Washington took his heir apparent.

It was business as usual in the league. For as long as there have been significant financial investments in the most important position in football, there have been backup plans. And while Mark Brunell’s much-criticized trade and Jason Campbell’s much-heralded arrival in Washington shortly thereafter have only faint echoes in Baltimore,...

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