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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: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2011 10:16 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

I thought the NFL was in lockout and nothing was going on but the draft.  Anyway, if Kolb goes to Seattle, he would help.  I just not sure if he is seriously worth a 1.  2nd, sure, but a 1st is kind of high for him.  Plus, many teams need two QBs due to injuries and Philly would be smarter to keep a qualified backup



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

Personally, I don't think Kolb's trade value is very high. His career TD/INT is 11 TD to 14 INT, including 7TD/7INT last year. His career passer rating is 73.2, with a 76.1 rating last year. He plays with excellent receivers and with a very good running game, but could only manage a 76.1 passer rating with the same number of TDs to INTs. And he's only started 7 games in his career and only played in 19. He is unproven and his value shouldn't be very high. If you are team like Arizona or Minnesota, however, he may be worth a shot because you have no one better and there aren't many NFL quality QBs in this draft (if there is one).
I agree, the time to have traded Kolb was when he had the back to back 300+ yard passing games season. But dealing McNabb was their priority. Kolb dropped in value as a starter, he's a decent backup, but then again offensively the Eagles have weapons that as you show, even makes Kolb look much better than he really is. I wonder how many of the 14 interceptions were pick 6's. Never mind answering that question, too many is the answer.



Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

Cubs,  you kinda just found a reason why Kolb's value is high... because the QB market isn't really great and it would be hard to find a better option.



Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

Personally, I don't think Kolb's trade value is very high. His career TD/INT is 11 TD to 14 INT, including 7TD/7INT last year. His career passer rating is 73.2, with a 76.1 rating last year. He plays with excellent receivers and with a very good running game, but could only manage a 76.1 passer rating with the same number of TDs to INTs. And he's only started 7 games in his career and only played in 19. He is unproven and his value shouldn't be very high. If you are team like Arizona or Minnesota, however, he may be worth a shot because you have no one better and there aren't many NFL quality QBs in this draft (if there is one).



Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

Andy.... a big piece of information that you got wrong.  Vick could not be signed to a long term contract after this season until the new CBA is reached.  Same reason DeSean Jackson is only making like $500k ... I believe it has something to do with only getting a 30 or 50% raise????? 



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:01 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

If there is no season next year, would the Eagles get royally you know what, or does that delay contracts?  If not the latter then they may want to move Kolb asap.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

Eagles's should keep Kolb and get rid of dog man. He had a great first half and then reverted back to the old Mike. That is where he will be and it will get worse as time goes by. He is a concussion or knee away from the bench and the Eagles will have nothing. What a shock huh? 



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

Andy Benoit, get your facts straight. The Eagles could not sign Vick to a long term deal because of the 30% salary rule. If a players salary increases by more than 30% from prior year you can not sign a player to a long term deal. That is why the Eagles had no choice but to franchise Vick. I get tired of the negative press with the Eagles.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

I could see Kolb in either Arizona or Seattle and possibly Miami too, but only if a CBA is done and we have football this year. I dont think Kolb is as great as some think, but he's better than the QBs in Arizona and he fits Seattle's offense.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

TLider, I hear what you are saying, but that would be an awful risky thing for a trading partner of the Eagles to do. For if trading a player is not allowed under the current situation, surely any agreement between two clubs would have to be a "gentlemens agreement", otherwise I'm certain the league would nix the deal. Choosing a player under that scenario would be rather risky, don't you think? I'd be amazed if a team were to take that kind of a chance with a first round pick unless they themselves liked him A LOT. No I'm pretty sure brain surgeon author Benoit is now saying to himself, oh yeah, that's right, oops.......


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