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NFL QB Breakdown: Eckel examines the AFC North – Jackson and Mayfield offer stability; Roethlisberger and maybe Burrow offer question marks

Subplot: Where will Bengal Andy Dalton end up?

Mark Eckel

There has never been a NFL offseason quite like this one when it comes to quarterbacks. One of the greatest of all time switched teams, another sure Hall of Famer stayed put, while one Super Bowl MVP was traded, another might be and another who has gotten to a Super Bowl is also on the block. A No. 1 overall pick will also be moved and a No. 2 overall pick already has moved. Here is a division by division look at the situation for the most important position in the game.)

Today: AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: One of the few teams pretty well set with Lamar Jackson as the starter and Robert Griffin III as the backup. There were rumors of teams wanting to perhaps trade for RG III, but those have been quieted of late.

Cincinnati Bengals: With the No. 1 pick in the draft the Bengals are expected to select LSU’s Joe Burrow and make him their immediate starter (it’s not what I would do but that’s a story for another day). That means veteran Andy Dalton is available to whichever team offers the Bengals the best return. New England could be first in line. It will be interesting to see if the team brings in a veteran backup for Burrow, or goes with Ryan Finley. The veteran makes more sense.

Cleveland Browns: It’s not often that the Browns are one of the more stable teams, and maybe they are still not, but Baker Mayfield is the starter for the foreseeable future. You could do a lot worse than Drew Stanton as your backup so the Browns should try to re-sign the veteran in that role.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers found out last season what life without Ben Roethlisberger is like and it wasn’t pretty. The team will have to find his successor sooner than later, because he’s not on the current roster. Big Ben will try to go another couple of years as the man.

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