NFL Rumors: The Latest Buzz on Kevin Kolb to Cleveland Browns

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJanuary 10, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 19-13 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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After trading for Kevin Kolb last summer, the Arizona Cardinals promptly signed him to a five-year, $63 million contract extension, with $20 million guaranteed. After struggling in his first season with the Cardinals, Kolb is owed a $7 million roster bonus from the team in March. That has led to speculation that he could be traded. 

If Kolb does hit the market again, the only likely destination would be the Cleveland Browns, who run a West Coast system similar to that run by the Philadelphia Eagles when Kolb experienced some success there. The Cardinals do not run the same type of offensive system.

In addition to that, Kolb was apparently drafted following evaluations by Tom Heckert, who was Vice President of Player Personnel for the Eagles at the time. Heckert is now the general manager for the Browns. Also instrumental in the selection of Kolb was then-Eagles quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur, who just happens to be the head coach of the Browns now.

So, Heckert and Shurmur basically made Kolb their own personal project, and they know him well. Now, both guys are with the Browns, and Cleveland sorely needs a quarterback, as Colt McCoy hasn't proven he can be successful at the NFL level.

The Browns possess three valuable early picks in this year's NFL draft (No. 4, No. 22 and No. 37). If they really wanted to make a move to get Kolb, they could certainly part with the 37th pick and possibly a future mid-round selection and get him if Arizona is serious about trading him. 

Cleveland is in a very strong position entering what appears to be a deep draft. If the Browns could score Kolb and put him in the type of system he is comfortable in, then do well with both of their first-round picks. Things could be looking up in Cleveland.