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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: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:34 am

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

I agree...get what you can for Palmer and make a run at Kolb...we're installing a west coast offense that he should be at least somewhat familiar with.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:34 am

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

why is everyone praising scam newton? he throws off his tippy toes. how is that technique?

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:21 am

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

Trade Kolb for a 1st rounder and another high pick (2nd or 3rd?) in this years draft and then use one of the picks in the top 3 rounds on a QB like Jake Locker or Pat Devlin.  It leaves Philly in a lurch this year if Vick gets hurt, but I'm convinced there are some QB's besides Gabbert and Newton that can be successful NFL QB's.  Of course, another option would be just to stick with Kolb because in either case, I'm not confident that Vick will deserve to be handed a gigantic, long-term contract after 2011.  I like the fact the Eagles have another year (albeit an expensive one) to really see if Vick is the guy, on the field and off.  My gut would be to make the trade and sacrifice the potential QB issue as the Eagles have too many other holes to plug not to find high draft picks very attractive.  Having said all that, knowing how the Eagles typically operate on their own wavelength, my guess is they trade Kolb for 11 draft picks in the 3rd thru 7th rounds, and then on draft day they'll parlay those 11 picks into 28 more picks in subsequent years, none of which will be higher than a 4th rounder.......

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:16 am

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

I would love to see Kolb here in Cincinnati and get rid of Cry Baby Carson and his brother.  I hate to say but with the lock out coming he might be stuck in Philly and we might be stuck with Carson.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:00 am

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

Sowizzle:  Think about what you are saying.  If the Eagles let Kolb go you will be relying on Vick to lead your team.  Don't forget Vick will be 31 at the start of next season.  Not that old if you are a typical drop back pocket passer.  However, when you act like a quarterback/running back his 31 year old legs won't last an entire season.  His style of play will not get him through an entire season uninjured.  Personally, his stock was never higher than this year, it is only going to go down. 

Since: Sep 27, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:58 am

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

Would love AZ to get this guy!  Da Cards!!!!!

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:53 am

I Love The Eagles

But I'm good with letting Kolb go. Once we tighten up the defense (which highering an offensive line coach to be Defensive Coordinator scares me) we should be good.

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