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Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

Posted on: March 21, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: March 22, 2011 10:22 am
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Posted by Andy Benoit
K. Kolb (US Presswire)
Indications are getting stronger and stronger that Kevin Kolb could be on the move. Last week, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman talked openly with Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer about the fourth-year quarterback’s trade value.

"There are a lot of teams looking for quarterbacks," Roseman said. "It's a quarterback-driven league. And when you have a quarterback who's proven what he can do in the NFL and has the characteristics that Kevin Kolb has, there's going to be a lot of interest from teams."
Obviously these sentiments are not a declaration that Kolb is on the trading block. But on Monday, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King wrote that there’s at least one team willing to trade a first-round pick for the 26-year-old.

Whatever team it is likely has a pick late in the first round, as King says Andy Reid is waiting to see if a team with an earlier first-round pick might step up.

If you’re up for speculating, the best guess for which team talked to Reid would be the Seahawks. They’re picking 25th overall. Matt Hasselbeck is a free agent, and Seattle runs an offense well suited for Kolb’s skills.

The only other teams in need of a quarterback who are drafting outside of the top 10 are the Vikings (12th), Dolphins (15th) and Jaguars (16th). It’s doubtful any club would be willing to offer a pick in the top half of Round One.

On the surface, it may seem a little strange that the Eagles would be willing to trade their 26-year-old passer. Reading between the lines, the club still isn’t completely sold on Michael Vick. Philly could have signed the 30-year-old Vick to a long-term contract after this past season. Instead, they franchise tagged him.

If Vick plays at a high level again this season, his price will only be steeper next year (especially considering that Peyton Manning’s contract will reset the quarterback market). The only reason the Eagles would delay Vick’s long-term deal is if they had serious reservations about his ability to stay healthy or maintain his 2010 magic. Keep in mind, Vick tailed off down the stretch after teams started exploiting his presnap shortcomings.

Kevin Kolb: So Hot Right Now

Kolb will only cost the Eagles $1.392 million in 2011. That’s a great price for a backup quarterback, let alone one who has been groomed to take over the franchise. However, keeping him for another year would be counterproductive. If Kolb rides the bench again, his trade value will plummet. Plus, like Vick, he’ll be a free agent in 2012 anyway. The Eagles won’t be able to keep both.

Thus, thanks to the financial factors of pro football, the Eagles must decide now whether to keep Vick or Kolb. They seem to like Vick better and could get more in a trade for Kolb. That simplifies what would have been a complicated situation.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:20 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

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Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:28 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

Kolb isn't worth a 1st round pick nor a 2nd round pick. Again it is just an opinion.



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

Hey  I have never and well never read a post in large font.  Grow up relax and grab a clue



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

This is not the wait and see league.  This is the win now or you're gone league.

If you say so.  All I'm saying is that that strategy hasn't exactly paid off for teams like the Browns, Bills, etc. over the past however many years.  Maybe it's they rethink how they approach things.

Very few successful QB's in the NFL showed greatness in their first seasons.  There are a few, of course... Bradford looked good last year, and Roethlisberger panned out immediately for Pittsburgh.  Most of the good QB's in the league either developed on the bench for a year or more (Rodgers, Orton, Brees, Hasselbeck, Schaub, Rivers, Romo, etc.), hid their defects behind power running games until they were ready (Flacco, Sanchez, Ryan, et al), or the teams lived through a rough year or two of them struggling through growth (Palmer, McNabb, Freeman, both Mannings, etc.).

So yeah... for coaches, they only have a couple years to make good, or they get fired.  But as an organization, the short-sighted approach at tossing draft picks annually at the QB position and hoping for instant success will do nothing but get you QB's with no team to support them.  Among the teams that have started the most different QB's over the past 5 years?  Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo.  There's a lot to be said for continuity and development at that position.

As for McCoy and Kolb specifically, I actually thought Colt showed better decision-making ability, poise and consistency in the games I watched him play.  The one big thing Kolb had going for him?  Vastly superior receivers.  If McCoy had DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, etc. instead of guys like Massaquoi and Robiskie, he'd look a lot better too.



Since: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

How are you a Brown's fan when you can't even pronounce or spell right the players on their roster?  Thanks for the size 20 font too, really gets you point across turd. 



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:31 am
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

Seahawks do not trade 1st round pick. O-line (Pouncey) must be rebuilt before QB situation solved. Brady would have poor #'s playing with that line.Build the line mean and nasty (Tom Cable) and it won't matter if it's Matt, Charlie, Kevin or Daffy Duck at QB.



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:13 am
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

The Eagles like having insurance. They had Jeff Garcia who took them to the playoffs when McNabb went down. They paid $5 million to Vick to initially be a backup to Kolb in case he didn't pan out. This team is built to win NOW, and management doesn't want to be an injury away from ruining a possible SB season. The Franchise tag on Vick was very telling. It says that they aren't convinced he can stay healthy, or aren't convinced last year was a fluke, therefore are not commiting to him.

Kolb needs to stay in Philly. I don't know how many more years Vick can play with all the hits he's taking. They would also need to groom another backup if Vick doesn't work out, or has a shortened career. Philly didn't invest the top overall pick in the second round and groom him to only need to rebuild again for a worse 2nd rounder than they had given up before.



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:18 am
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

Eagles tried to trade Vick last year.  They can not trade Kolb without a new agreement with the players.  He is going nowhere, especially since Vock could be a free agent in 2012.



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:49 am
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

How about using those picks to improve some of the other lackluster positions on the team while you find out if McCoy is the real deal or not, rather than tossing him on the trash heap after one year and trying out another unproven possibility.
This is not the wait and see league.  This is the win now or you're gone league.  Find out and wait ended in the early 90's.  Kolb has more game time than McCoy and is better suited to run the offense Shurmur is going to bring.  This has been in the works for a while and is going to happen.  




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