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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
 
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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Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

I would trade Vick while his stock is high.  Vick is getting older, his play tailed off, and with his style of play injury is almost certain.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

 It's not like the Colts or Patriots are in the market for a passer.  Why spend the cash-- what could be gleaned from that orchestrated dog-and-pony show?


They probably weren't all there for Gabbert particularly.  Mizzou had at least one WR and several CB/safety prospects working out as well, and a handful of potentially draft-worthy receivers from smaller Missouri colleges (such as Missouri state and Lindenwood University) were included in the workouts also.  I'm guessing many of the teams who sent reps were there more to be in the market for those receivers and corners than anything to do with Gabbert.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

And Charlie Whitehurst goes where and for what? Is he a Free Agent?



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

 The way a team can do a draft day trade is if say the Seahawks draft a player that the Eagles really want, then after a cba, they initiate a trade. I have seen this played out in the 80s.  Minus the whole lockout of greedy players who think they are not empoyees, but rather full partners in a franchise.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

If the players union is now "dissolved" and ceases to exist, doesn't that render any player without a guaranteed contract a free agent, and a player still under contract subject to a trade if the club makes one, leaving the courts to decide whether it was legal or not? In reality the is no CBA. An owner could sign a player, but the Billonaires Boys Club would railroad him out of the league.



Since: Jun 1, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

I think the missing peice in this conversation is Kafka.  The Eagles are strong on him...and I think its evident in the way they are hiding him.  I think Kolb will be traded, but is an average/slightly above average QB, and Andy Reid wouldnt have let Vick take over if he was completely sold on Kolb.  He has a history of being adamantly loyal to starters keeping their starting job, and he allowed Vick to be forced in based on (2) performances...



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

There was no way Kolb was better than Vick, and Andy Reid knew it.
Now you just sound foolish saying this.  Don't get me wrong-- I think Andy Reid is an over-rated bozo who can't make game day adjustments or consistent player personnel evaluations.  But no Head Coach is starting the season with his #2 quarterback running the show when he's got a perfectly healthy #1 that he knows is better than the guy taking the snaps.  That's plain silly.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

But "players to be named later" are not part of the CBA, so really anyone can get traded
We're not watching baseball here, cockyasever.  There's no such thing in the NFL as the legendary gift from baseball, the player to be named later.  That is something unique to the national pasttime.

The point made earlier about rosters being frozen is completely spot on.  The Eagles can't be any closer to trading Kevin Kolb unless our author means in terms of their organizational mentality that he's expendable for the right price.  I can see the line of thinking changing on that when you look at how shallow this year's QB class is-- especially when absolutely none of the top QBs look like sure things.  Blaine Gabbert is acting like he's ready for the gig as is Cam Newton, but there doesn't seem to be any consensus around the league.  Some GMs are coming right out and saying they have no interest while others are lining up for the pro day.  The one thing I found interesting about Gabbert's pro day is that multiple sources pointed out that every team in the NFL sent a representative.  Why?  It's not like the Colts or Patriots are in the market for a passer.  Why spend the cash-- what could be gleaned from that orchestrated dog-and-pony show?



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now


But "players to be named later" are not part of the CBA, so really anyone can get traded



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Kevin Kolb trade looks very likely now

CarCro and Lizard King are right... they can't be any 'closer to dealing Kolb' than they were last week, because they can't do it until there's a new CBA anyway.  Teams will have to go into the draft without filling any holes otherwise, so which teams will be interested in Kolb will ultimately come down to who didn't get a QB they were happy with in the draft.  So until the draft is done, we don't even really know who the candidates are... and even then nothing can really get done until an agreement is reached.



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