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

Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:44 am
Edited on: February 27, 2011 9:53 am
 

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 either 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.

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Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:35 pm
 

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

Vick is never going to win you a superbowl and his value will never be higher than it is right now. The Eagles have plenty of holes to fill so why not use Vick to do so. I think Kolb will be a solid QB and will get you just as far as Vick ever will. Too bad Andy isnt smart enough to walk away from the table and cash in his Vick chips instead he's going to let it ride and we all know how that usually turns out.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:30 pm
 

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

No I'm not 100% but I'm reading on here that he's a PROVEN QB..he's not! He played in a few games and did not look good against teams with a good defense. He performed well against bad defenses and could not get his job back from Vick; rightfully so since Vick was playing great when he came back from injury...but,  Andy Reid is no dummy, he may have said the right things in the media about Kolb, but he knows Kevin Kolb better than any one. I could be wrong, but I think he's an average qb and maybe he'll prove me wrong whenever the Eagles sucker some GM, time will tell...if there's a season anytime soon.




Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:11 pm
 

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

And you are young and stupid.  Vick is not fragile at all.. only dumb people talk like that and for the most part Michael Vick haters.
Maybe fragile is overstating it, but so is calling him durable.  If you were watching, you saw him limping around for the final couple of games he played - in which he played with less efficiency before being rested so his body could heal / not risk further injury.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 8:26 pm
 

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

Kolb's stock may be high, but he's not the QB everybody thinks he is without Andy Reid and Jackson. I think he will get exposed!!!
Maybe, maybe not.  I don't know for sure and neither do you.  The reality of the situation is there is a HUGE SHORTAGE of good players in the NFL at that position....

Supply and demand.... risk reward... you guys should google those things and learn a little...



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 8:00 pm
 

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

Kolb's stock may be high, but he's not the QB everybody thinks he is without Andy Reid and Jackson. I think he will get exposed!!!




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:53 pm
 

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

Vick is old and fragile.  Kolb's neither, plus he's been in the system three years.  If the Eagles trade Kolb they then have to draft a developmental qb and what does that accomplish? 

And you are young and stupid.  Vick is not fragile at all.. only dumb people talk like that and for the most part Michael Vick haters.
Vick missed about 2-3 games to injury this year. The last game of the year they only kept him out because it was a meaningless game.

Vick missed zero games the year before due to injury, although he was a backup and only occasionally saw the field.

Before he went to jail Vick missed zero his last season, and only 1 game in each of the previous two before that... as in 2 games in 3 seasons.

Some of you people are as stupid as it gets....



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:42 pm
 

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

I agree anto. Kolb has not shown what he can do in the NFL. He has good character, and good physical skills.

And he's only going to be 27 to start the season. And he has 3 years under his belt backing up good qb's on a good team.  And he comes with a really cheap salary of only 2 million dollars for the 2011-2012 season.  And at times he's looked good in NFL games.

Can you name me ONE other very much available qb in today's NFL these teams can go after with ALL of the things you and I combined mentioned above?  The answer is no, you can't.  The only other thing left is aging qb's, some of which will need to be overpaid to play football and are only a temporary fix, a big risk and not the future qb of these teams.  Or maybe a rookie qb from the draft that will most likely be paid MUCH more then Kolb and be a big risk as well.....  once again people, risk reward... Kolb makes sense for a lot of teams.

If Kolb doesn't play one snap this year and becomes a free agent after the 2011-2012 season, you're not getting him for 2 or 2.5 million dollars.  It doesn't matter if some of you don't agree... it's a fact, he's going to cost much much more.   At that point the bidding war will be that much more of a factor, and since only money will be necessary these teams will have to risk much more...

This is an easy decision for struggling and desperate teams without any future at the games most important position.  If Kolb works out, they have their qb.  They can sign him to a long term deal which I'm betting Kolb will easily agree to or they can franchise him until they work a deal out.   If it doesn't work out, they lose a draft pick or two and a lousy 2 million dollars,,,, nothing for an NFL team.

It's an easy decision for teams like Arizona, Sanfran, Minnesota, and possibly many others.  Let the bidding war begin.....



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:42 pm
 

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

Vick is old and fragile.  Kolb's neither, plus he's been in the system three years.  If the Eagles trade Kolb they then have to draft a developmental qb and what does that accomplish? 



Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:33 pm
 

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

Because Vick will sell jerseys and tickets, but has shown for the Eagles and Falcons, that he cannot win the big one.  Plus, he is banged up and will continue to be banged up with all the running he does.  The Eagles NEED to keep Kolb, but I would love if my Vikings got him!



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:59 pm
 

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

Why would you keep him if you have vick


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