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Bills open to drafting a backup QB

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
INDIANAPOLIS -- With quarterback J.P. Losman gladly leaving as a free agent, many have wondered how the Buffalo Bills will address their need for a backup.

The Bills have two quarterbacks on their depth chart, starter Trent Edwards and third-stringer Gibran Hamdan, who could get promoted. But Hamdan is 28 years old and has two career pass attempts, and those came six seasons ago.

A day after Bills offensive coordinator Turk Schonert spoke about acquiring a veteran backup who's comfortable with the role, vice president of college scouting Tom Modrak on Saturday afternoon said the Bills would be open to drafting a quarterback.

"Nothing's off the board for us," Modrak said. "We have not stopped evaluating any position."

If the Bills bring in a veteran (as Schonert mentioned) and draft a quarterback (as Modrak mentioned), then Hamdan's days would appear numbered. But Hamdan and Edwards are close friends, and that could save Hamdan's job.

The Bills own the No. 11 pick in the first round and could have a shot at Mark Sanchez or Josh Freeman, but Modrak reaffirmed the Bills' belief in Edwards, who has been injury prone and endured an erratic 2008.

Modrak suggested the team could grab a quarterback on the second day of the draft.

"The easy and truthful answer to that is if you have a real good value at a spot, you probably won't pass it by," Modrak said. "I know we have things that I'm sure you guys know about with all the needs we have, but you don't pass up a good player.

"If you have your starter, a veteran quarterback in place, there's something good about picking up a young guy who doesn't have to get into the fire right away and you can develop it and see how it goes. A lot of teams use that as their philosophy."