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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 4, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 1:26 pm
 

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

Kolb has proven nothing. There are no statistics to back up that point of view.

In particular, he hasnt proven he can take the physical beating an immobile QB will take. With the state of the Eagles offesnive line, I sincerely doubt he would stay healthy for more than a few games most seasons.



Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 1:11 pm
 

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

Don't mean to jump on the band wagon, but Kolb does need a bit more playing time to be considered "proven".  If Vick goes down and he steps in and finishes the season strong or better yet, just simply wins the job back from Vick (unlikely, but you never know), THEN I might consider him a proven #1 starter.



Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:57 pm
 

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

Proven what? Guess I missed something.

Yes you did and are missing something.




Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:56 pm
 

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

By what standard is Kolb "proven?"  In four seasons as an NFL QB, he's started a grand total of seven games-- all in the last two years.  As a starter, he's got a passer rating of 84.6 with 12 TDs & 9 INTs while completing 61% of his passes.  He's won three and lost four.  Exactly what part of those numbers gives him credibility as a "proven" starter?  I don't deny he's got the potential to improve but the majority of his starts have been mediocre at best.  You have to question what Andy Reid was watching in training camp and practices when he anointed Kolb the starter over Michael Vick.  Once Vick hit the field in the regular season last year, he was nothing short of awesome.  He had his setbacks, granted, but his talents and performance blew Kolb out of the water.  The reason Kolb's value is higher now has more to do with the lack of QB prospects in this draft and his relatively low salary.

The guys has 3 or 4 300 yd games in jsut a handful of starts.  So Reid says he's really good and now their is a bidding war for him but since DBowman cant see it then it must not be true?  LOL,  Hmmm I wonder who actually knows talent you or the 30 GMs.  Scary who can post here.



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:41 pm
 

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

 
Philadelphia can and will get what it demands for Kolb, partly because he is proven
Proven what? Guess I missed something.



Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:40 pm
 

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

Really?  This is what you are posting? Wow. 



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:26 pm
 

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

Players are not striking, its an owner's holdout.  And what does race have to do with it? How is your reputation a 99 superstar? More like a superstar moron. To boot your a  yankee fan. Figures Jack




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:42 am
 

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

Kolb is young, he is proven and he is under contract for another season.
By what standard is Kolb "proven?"  In four seasons as an NFL QB, he's started a grand total of seven games-- all in the last two years.  As a starter, he's got a passer rating of 84.6 with 12 TDs & 9 INTs while completing 61% of his passes.  He's won three and lost four.  Exactly what part of those numbers gives him credibility as a "proven" starter?  I don't deny he's got the potential to improve but the majority of his starts have been mediocre at best.  You have to question what Andy Reid was watching in training camp and practices when he anointed Kolb the starter over Michael Vick.  Once Vick hit the field in the regular season last year, he was nothing short of awesome.  He had his setbacks, granted, but his talents and performance blew Kolb out of the water.  The reason Kolb's value is higher now has more to do with the lack of QB prospects in this draft and his relatively low salary.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:40 am
 

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

From the article "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"


Wow, exactly what do we need for a good QB class, the class of 1983??? Of course it would have been stronger with Andrew Luck, but in terms of what we have seen recently, this is a very good class. You could easily see 4 qb's drafted in the first round. What may help that number is the large number of teams that need a QB. Truth is it is very rare to see QB's coming out of college that are totally polished. Even the class of 83 if you want to go back and take a look at, a number of those guys had questions about them including Marino who was coming off a so-so senior season. Bottom line there are 4-5 starters in this class, which is pretty good.



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:35 am
 

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

Kind of a moot point when the players are moing to strike against the owners.. They just can seem to get a handle on how to distribute 10 Billion dollars a year....This sport can come back from a year off because they do employ college players after college anbd thus are a picture of ethnic groups across the US. The NBA is gone when the strike for being made up of non diverse ethnic groups....


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