Tag:Kevin Kolb
Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:55 am
 

McCarthy on backup QB Flynn: 'Not letting him go'

Posted by Will Brinson

In a year where there's a large group of teams who are quarterback-needy, a dearth of elite quarterbacks in the draft class -- see the full list here -- and no player trades allowed during and around the NFL draft, quality and experienced signal callers are at a premium.

The best example of this is Kevin Kolb, who's value has gone absolutely through the roof. Matt Flynn -- the backup for the Packers -- is another guy who's seen a spike in potential trade value.

But Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy says Flynn's not gonna get traded, because he's worth more than the pick the Packers would get in return.

"That's exactly right," McCarthy said, per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I'm not letting him go. I think the value of that No. 2 quarterback position went way up."

One of the reasons McCarthy cited? Concussions.

"Man, they're talking about new procedures for concussions and things like that," McCarthy said. "You better have two quarterbacks if you want to win a championship."

Now, he wasn't referring to the handheld concussion tests we discussed yesterday (he's talking about the NFL's requirements for sideline testing), but he makes a good point: having two quarterbacks ins't exactly a bad thing.

Especially if you're a team like the Packers, who happen to be the defending Super Bowl champs without too many weaknesses. Depth is critical, of course, and giving Ted Thompson as many opportunities to make selections in the draft is always a good thing.

But the Packers almost learned a tough lesson the hard way last year. Namely what can happen if you don't have more than one good quarterback on your roster: you can lose a shot at a Super Bowl title.

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Posted on: February 27, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Kolb's stock so hot Eagles may be forced to deal

Posted by Clark Judge

After interviewing GMs and coaches at this week's NFL scouting combine, I'd be surprised if the Philadelphia Eagles don't wind up trading quarterback Kevin Kolb. There just seems to be too much interest in the guy -- and too many teams willing to bid on him -- for the Eagles not to consider a move.

The Eagles haven't said that Kolb is for sale, but they haven't said he isn't, either. Coach Andy Reid is a staunch supporter of Kolb and wants to keep him -- as he should. Kolb is young, he is proven and he is under contract for another season. Plus, he backs up Michael Vick, whose wide-open style of play makes him a virtual certainty to be hurt next season ... or any season.

But the Eagles may be offered a deal they can't refuse. They're in a position not unlike the one they had last year with Donovan McNabb ... except that Kolb has a future. McNabb had a year left on his contract, too, and the Eagles had to decide to keep him one season or get what they could for him when they could.

The situation is similar, except Philadelphia isn't shopping Kolb. According to people at this week's combine, clubs are calling the Eagles and are eager to make a deal. And you can see why. This year's draft class isn't strong at quarterback, with no clear No. 1. Plus, it falls off sharply after Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton, and there's no certainty that either of those guys can make it. So that makes Kolb that much more attractive. He has started, he has won and he's 26.

The question, of course, is what it will take to get him. The Eagles years ago shipped backup A.J. Feeley to Miami for a second-round draft pick, but Kolb isn't A.J. Feeley. He's much better and more desirable. They traded McNabb last spring for second and fifth-round draft choices, but Kolb's best years are ahead of him where McNabb's were not.

So now the question: What will Kolb command?

"I guarantee you it will be high," said one coach. "The Eagles always shoot high."

That means a first-rounder and something else, probably another high draft pick, and while that exceeds what Houston quarterback Matt Schaub commanded when the Falcons traded him -- for a flip of first-rounders and two No. 2s -- apparently it hasn't dismayed suitors. Several clubs said they heard there's a bidding war on for Kolb, with clubs desperate to fill the most important position. You can figure that Arizona, San Francisco and Minnesota probably are involved, with all desperate to fill quarterback openings , but they're not saying, and neither are the Eagles.

All I know is how Philadelphia operates, which is to set the bar high and deal only if they get what they want. A year ago the club went to the NFL scouting combine with Michael Vick available for the right price, which was a second-round pick. But it didn't budge because there was little or no interest. Vick hadn't played in two years and barely played in a third, with teams concerned he might never be the quarterback he was with Atlanta. So they backed off, and the Eagles kept him.

But league sources seem to believe Philadelphia can and will get what it demands for Kolb, partly because he is proven, partly because he has a future and mostly because he's better than what's available in the draft.

Of course, if and when there's a lockout next week, there can be no trades. Deals would be put on hold until a settlement is reached, and there's no indication a settlement is near. That could complicate or sabotage a trade if a work stoppage goes beyond the April 28-30 draft, with teams no longer able to offer picks in return.

This was cross-posted from Clark Judge's Punt, Pass and Judge Blog. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: February 25, 2011 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.25.11: Happy birthday, forward pass

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • So, the forward pass turned 78 years old today. Two things: 1) It's really held up well in it's old age, and 2) Can you imagine how many billions of dollars the NFL would be fighting over if it hadn't been invented? Because I bet it would be like five. Except without the billion part.
  • Leonard Hankerson wants to carry on the "tradition" of "The U." He must not have watched the movie about what happened there. Just kidding, as you can see, he seems like a nice kid.


Posted on: February 13, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Kolb appears to have mutual interest with Cards

Posted by Will Brinson

Larry Fitzgerald spent much of his time leading up to the Super Bowl letting folks he'll only re-sign with the Cardinals if they bring in a talented quarterback to throw him the ball. Kevin Kolb, the one-time Eagles starter turned backup, was at the top of Fitzgerald's list.

Kolb admitted this week in an interview with WIP's Howard Eskin that it's "awfully flattering" to be named by someone as talented as Fitzgerald, and that he'd be open to a trade to the Cardinals. If, you know, the Eagles were interested in trading him.

"I mean, if he's not the best, he's one of the best receivers in the NFL, superstar," Kolb said. "For a guy like that to say something about me, it means a lot. And it's awfully flattering, and I hope that if something happens, their name comes up."

As we've covered, Kolb wants out of Philly -- not because he doesn't love the team or the coach or the organization, but because the team, coach and organization just love Michael Vick too much. But he's still handling the situation fairly well, dropping not-so-subtle but not-too-aggressive hints about wanting to end up with another team before 2011 starts.

Kolb's at least being reasonable about the whole process and pointed out that certain circumstances -- namely the labor situation -- will make it more difficult for the Eagles to swing a deal. "I've always had a good relationship with the Eagles. I think they understand my situation, I think they see where I'm coming from," Kolb said. "And you guys know this, it's not really in my makeup to go out there and cause a stink about things. That's just not what I do. I try to be as professional as possible and see both sides.

"I truly believe that they're going to try and do what's best for myself and the team, and if that doesn't work out, I obviously won't be happy about it. But in my opinion, it won't be their fault if it doesn't work out. I think it'll be because of the CBA not getting done."

On the other hand, it's entirely possible the Eagles WANT a new CBA deal done so they can look to move Kolb -- if Matt Flynn's currently worth a second-rounder (and that possibility's out there), Kolb's all but guaranteed to warrant more in a deal. And if the Eagles could get a first-rounder for him, you'd have to think they'd be open to a deal that makes everyone happy.

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Posted on: February 13, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Packers' Flynn drawing a lot of trade interest?

Posted by Will Brinson

There are three names -- Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb, Vince Young -- that really stand out when discussing free agent or trade options for teams in need of a quarterback. But it might be time to add a fourth: Matt Flynn.

The Packers backup quarterback, who nearly took down the Patriots in their Week 15 Sunday night primetime matchup, is drawing a lot of attention from other teams, according to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post.

Pompei cites Green Bay sources who believe Flynn is "ready to start" -- the obstacle to that is, clearly, Aaron Rodgers.

Green Bay doesn't likely want to get rid of Flynn, but he's "developed consistently" under Mike McCarthy and the current Packers coaching staff, and it's hard to imagine that his value will get too much higher than it is right now.

Because there are so many quarterback-needy teams -- Carolina, Washington, Minnesota, Seattle, San Francisco, Arizona, Miami and Tennessee all fall under the "immediately desperate" category -- the Packers stand a good chance of getting a high draft pick in exchange for their backup. 

Pompei believes it's possible for Green Bay to pull a second-rounder, and that seems like pretty fair market value. Although if that's the case, you can probably rule Carolina, Washington and Minnesota out of the running -- the Panthers don't have a second-rounder, the 'Skins just traded a second-rounder for a QB last year and the Vikings are in the same division. 

But if one of those other teams really wants a quarterback right now, and they see the draft as the only opportunity, a second-rounder for a young, ready-to-start QB like Flynn might seem like pretty good value, as opposed to reaching for a project like Ryan Mallett or Jake Locker. Especially when you consider what Washington paid for McNabb last year.

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Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Report: Fitz gave Cards a list of QBs he wants

Posted by Will Brinson

Larry Fitzgerald is heading into the final year of his contract and he's made it clear that he wants to stay in Arizona. If they give him a lot of money. And if they get him a quarterback who will help the team win.

He's reportedly gotten even more specific, too, naming Kevin Kolb and Marc Bulger as guys he wants in Phoenix, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Kolb is apparently Fitz' top choice, but the most glaring part of the report is the lack of Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton and Donovan McNabb on the list.

McNabb should be one of the top free agent quarterbacks on the market, despite his age and poor 2010 performance, but the Cardinals aren't a team that's been considered likely to show any interest in him, should the Redskins end up not picking up his option.

Kolb's a nice target, but the problem is the Eagles will probably want a first-round draft pick in exchange for their talented backup signal caller. (Which would mean if the Cards give Fitzgerald everything he wants, they're going to severely hamper themselves long-term.)

Bulger's a much more realistic target, obviously, because he's simply the backup in Baltimore.

Either way, though, the Cardinals would be heavily catering to a single player's demands and still leaving themselves open to a nightmare situation if either Bulger (he is old) or Kolb (he is still somewhat unproven) didn't work out in 2011.

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.1.11: Other NFL news



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is a generous sort. Even though Cuban is a lifelong Steelers fans, he’ll even invite the Packers to his Saturday night party. With one caveat. It’s a 10-drink minimum.
  • Yahoo! Sports’ excellent The Postgame has a where-the-hell-are-they-now update on former Colts K Mike Vanderjagt.
  • An interesting piece by CNBC’s Darren Rovell about why he’s not covering the Super Bowl this year (even though he’ll be in Dallas the week of the game).
  • Sometimes reporters aren’t perfect. Just like you’re not perfect at your job. So, cut Peter King some slack. He’s one of the best.
  • If you’re headed to Dallas this weekend for the Super Bowl and you plan to spend money on memorabilia, make sure what you’re buying isn’t counterfeit. Because there’s a bunch of it out there.
  • The proposed stadium for L.A.’s NFL team (you know, assuming it comes to fruition) has a name (Farmers Field).

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like the Eagles know where they want their offense to go next season, and it sounds like they know who they want to lead them there.

Not surprisingly, that’d be QB Michael Vick. And to wrap him up for another season without having to commit a long-term contract to him, the Eagles will place the franchise tag on Vick, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Vick, of course, was amazing for much of the season, supplanting Kevin Kolb as the official Donovan McNabb replacement and then leaving Kolb in a sticky situation (probably half the teams would use him as a starting quarterback, and unfortunately for him, the Eagles are not one of those teams).

But Schefter also writes Philadelphia will look to deal Kolb – who’s slated to make $1.4 million next year but also desperately wants to start. Considering the amount of interest Kolb should draw from other clubs, look for him not to be in an Eagles uniform next season.

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