It is becoming ever so obvious that the Cleveland Browns under new management Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert are going to need a new QB in 2010. The Browns released Derrick Anderson and former first round pick Brady Quinn was traded to the Denver Broncos for FB Peyton Hills and a couple of later round picks. So who will the Browns look to for some veteran experience at the QB position.
One place: the Philadelphia Eagles!
With the plethera of QB's the Eagles have and with most everyone not believing Andy Reid that all three QB's will return in 2010 (I know I don't believe that), the Browns will most likely be on the phone non-stop for the services of either Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb.
Browns new management have extremely close ties to Andy Reid. Reid was Mike Holmgren's assistant coach back in the Green Bay days and as we all know Tom Heckert used to be the GM of the Eagles until just this offseason. So its not hard to imagine one of those two QB's going to Cleveland.
If the Browns do come after McNabb or Kolb are they ready and willing to pay the price tag for either of them? Would Andy Reid give the Browns a "deal" of sorts because of having such closeness with the two? I'm pretty sure Andy won't let any personal fondness of the two stop him from handling this as a business transactions but I could see the Browns getting "first dibs" on one of the Eagles QB's if they do decide to trade one.
At this point, and its all just in my head, if the Browns do look to acquire a QB from Philly its most likely going to be Kevin Kolb. Holmgren and Heckert are rebuilding the Browns and would most likely seek a young talent at the QB position and both individuals know having a franchise QB is the start to a succesful franchise. Kolb fits the bill perfectly. He has been tought by one of the better QB's in the league since being drafted by the Eagles in Donovan McNabb and really opened some eyes last year when he started for McNabb when he got injured. Kolb is the ONLY QB in NFL history to throw for 300+ yards in his first two starts. Pretty impressive right, sure but there are other stats such as his INT stat to look at. Kolb is decent but he still needs work and I think the Browns would give him the time as a starting QB in the league.
If thats the case then what do the Eagles do for their long term plans at QB. Well they could extend McNabb's deal which wouldn't bother me one bit or they could let him play out his contract here and draft a rookie...and hope he pans out. I'm not mentioning Vick here because I really don't see him being an Eagle after 2011, if he even makes it until then.
Stay tuned to this story Philadelphia faithful, there is going to be alot more to this as the draft draws nearer!