Rumors Persist: Kolb to Cleveland?

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Rumors Persist: Kolb to Cleveland?

Jets+v+Philadelphia+Eagles+5Fh51Owo3r1m.jpg" alt="" style="float: left; margin: 10px;">In a lot of ways, it’s nice to have this kind of speculation swirling around Philadelphia like so much snow. The problem is it’s not always pretty when it hits solid ground. (How’s that for a metaphor? No good? Gimme a break, I was up late last night sledding and falling down in the snow.)

We’ve heard Andy Reid issue statements regarding Donovan McNabb’s status as a starter in 2010. We’ve heard reports regarding the trade possibilities (or lack thereof) for Michael Vick. It would seem that the only quarterback with job security on this Eagles roster might be Kevin Kolb.

Or maybe not.

The National Football Post’s Michael Lombardi is offering the opinion that a trade of Kevin Kolb for the Cleveland Browns’ pro-bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers would provide a win-win solution for both teams. On the surface, I don’t disagree with him. The Eagles did have some weaknesses on the interior of their defensive line this year. Although they ranked 9th in run defense, the line had trouble collapsing the pocket at times and with Trent Cole posting pro-bowl numbers and Juqua Parker’s career high 8 sacks, this team should be asking more from its’ starting defensive tackles. But Rogers is 30 years old and the Eagles could pin their lack of interior pressure on the injury to middle linebacker Stewart Bradley. 2008 second round draft pick Trevor Laws has been a disappointment, but Antonio Dixon has been a productive addition to their DT rotation and Darren Howard and Victor Abiamiri have been able to round out the pass-rushing from the inside on nickel packages.

Perhaps the Eagles feel that Kolb is still too much of an unknown to bank on as their starter, but I don’t believe that. I think they are crushing hard on Kolb and if Denver is really intrigued by the possibility of adding McNabb, the Eagles might have found their best option for a trade destination. They just need to iron out the compensation. Despite Reid’s endorsement, I’m wavering on the idea that McNabb will be on the Eagles roster in 2010. Offers have been made, and the Eagles are considering their options.

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