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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
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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: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:41 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. Reading the disguized defenses and finding the mismatch and delivering the ball accurated to the right receiver - in the face of super fast pressure is a different skill. I don't knw if it's yea or nae.



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:41 pm
 

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

Kolb is far better than Cassel or Shaub.  The guy can flat out ball.  Arizona's first should be sufficient.  It sure would make Ftizgerald one happy WR.  The Eagles can than draft either Von Miller or the LSU CB>



Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:30 pm
 

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

   I don't understand why so many are saying that he's a proven commodity. I don't see it.  He had a few decent games where the opposition hadn't been able to prepare for him like they will when he becomes the starter for some team.
   There are still the same question marks with Kolb.  If he was coming to my team, I would not feel secure with him at the helm - and I would have to see how he did - week in and week out, as other teams get a handle on how to neutralize him.  When he goes through that process successfully, he can be called "proven".
   Still, he seems to have an upside that the QBs in this draft are missing. We will just have to see how he does week in and week out.



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:09 pm
 

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

I agree.  If someone is going to give up a first rounder, then the Eagles should be all over it.  I am torn on the notion of trading Vick or not.  I like the point of Kolb being younger, but they both have been hurt, and I am not sold on Kolb being proven.  I thnk the teams out there looking for a QB, someone is going to pony up that first round pick.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:27 pm
 

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

Lol I find this hilarious on how so many teams are sold on this guy while he hasnt proved anything to anyone yet???Im sure hes a solid backup, but to go and say those things comon. These analasys are just bored with no NFL so they come up with this crap...Too funny

You obviously don't understand the game of football or the NFL at all to make statements like that son.   No, Kolb is not proven to be a great starter yet... but there are many other factors involved that help create bidding wars and plenty of reasons why gm's on multiple teams will bid for Kolb.

He's only going to be 27 at the beginning of next season.... he has some experience in this league and has shown in some games the guy can play football.  He's only due about 2 million dollars for this upcoming season because the Eagles paid him 10 million up front for this last deal....  he's sat behind a couple really good experienced qbs and not only learned a lot but never once complained... great character guy....

Finally, where else do you expect teams to find a good young qb for cheap with potential???  The draft?  Sorry, that rarely works and if it does it can take years to succeed..... free agents?  Name me one free agent 26 year old qb in the NFL today with half his potential... screw it.. just name me one period....... there aren't many.... Drew Stanton on Detroit is one... love his character too but he can't throw the ball like Kolb can.....

It's all about risk reward dude..... 2 million dollars and a couple of draft picks to play a 26 or 27 year old kid with some talent and NFL experience with potential....  if he succeeds like he can, you have a lot of options... if he doesn't then it was a good calculated risk...



Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:18 pm
 

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

Kolb doesn't have to be a "superbowl MVP" or a top 5 QB to command a first round pick. He just has to have one team that needs a QB consider him better than any of the other QB's that are coming out this year. If a team has serious questions about all of the guys in the draft, they could go with Kolb and land a guy that has at least played in the league.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:16 pm
 

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

Hey JeffMiller, what I said was you "could" see as many as four QB's drafted in the first round. With so many teams needing a QB, I don't think that is a stretch. Don't forget there will be a half dozen teams that need a QB that pass on a QB with their first pick. One of those teams could easily hop back into a late first round position via trade and take a QB before the start of the second round. BTW, did you see the combine today? Just curious, because I seen a lot of guys impressing this morning. I see Newton, Gabbert and Locker and locks to go in the first round. Even if Locker drops, he will not get past Seattle. If only one team reaches for a QB in the first round, you will have 4, as in "4 QB's could go in the first round". We shall see how the next 2 months goes, but I would be willing to bet a lot of money there is a QB who's stock will rise to the point someone will think about it......

BTW, my original point was that I don't see this class as awful as the author seemed to be saying. This seems to me to be a much better class than last year for example.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:11 pm
 

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

Agree that Kolb hasn't showed anything consistently, but certaily has in individual games.  The reason is he is in such demand is because there are so many teams with substandard QB's.  Kolb has to be better than 6 guys starting in the league right now.  It look pretty good in Miami. Arizona, Tennessee or even Cincinnati right now



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:06 pm
 

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

andy will trade kolb for a 1st rdr. then trade down in the draft and end up passing potential superstars for some no name project who'll get hurt in week 6. cant have too many 5th rd picks right fatass? coulda had clay matthews but no. you knew better right fatass? this has to be a SB or bust year reid. changes should be coming soon in philly. too many good coaches want back in in 2012. bye bye AR. have fun at BYU.



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:01 pm
 

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

Lol I find this hilarious on how so many teams are sold on this guy while he hasnt proved anything to anyone yet???Im sure hes a solid backup, but to go and say those things comon. These analasys are just bored with no NFL so they come up with this crap...Too funny


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