The Philadelphia Eagles announced today that starting quarterback Kevin Kolb has signed a one-year extension, keeping him in Philly through the 2011 season.
As a 2007 second round draft choice, Kevin spent his first three years being mentored by Pro Bowl QB's like Donovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia, and Michael Vick, who remains with the team as the backup to Kevin Kolb.
Head coach Andy Reid offered his thoughts on the contract extension saying:
"We're happy to have Kevin under contract for the next two seasons."
Reid continued stating:
"When given the chance, Kevin has proven to have good command of this offense and we're looking forward to having him operate as the number one quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles"
Philadelphia Eagles new GM Howie Roseman also contributed his opinion of Kolb as he said:
"We're excited about what we've seen from Kevin during his three seasons in Philadelphia both on and off the field. We're happy to get this contract in place for the near future and are looking forward to keeping Kevin in Philadelphia for many more years to come."
Lastly, Eagles president Joe Banner was not about to be undone, and made this statement about Kevin:
"I'd like to thank Kevin and his agent Jeff Nalley for their work in getting this contract signed. We're very happy with Kevin and all the attributes he brings to this organization and we're pleased to sign another young, ascending player to a contract. It's something that this organization has prioritized over the last several years."
I think it is a brilliant move only signing Kolb to a one-year deal.
This will allow Andy Reid, Marty Mornhinweg, and the entire Eagles organization to really get a solid look at Kevin in game day environments.
This is a season where Kevin must show solid improvement in his areas' of weakness, espectially his INT ratio, and if he doesn't show progress—I'll leave that little stretch of imagination to you.
I would hate to see a seasonal revolving door at the quarterback position is all I'm saying.
Kevin Kolb is still very much an unknown in the Eagles franchise. He has had some success so far when he did get a chance to be on the field (first two starts throwing over 300 yards), but also has some inconsistencies he must really focus on during the teams OTA's, mini camp, and training camp.
If Kevin is smart he will show up to all three!
His area of weakness is that he tends to eye up his receiver too long, which is an immediate give away to a defensive back as to what the play is. If Kolb can elevate that part of his game, I trully feel Eagle fans will see his interception percentage drop dramatically.
I do not believe for a second that he thinks just because he is now the starting QB he can ease up. In fact, he was in the NovaCare Complex training before he was even aware of the news.
Kevin has a fantastic work ethic and should become a great quarterback in the NFL—in time though.
It was a brilliant move on the part of the Eagles' front office to sign Kolb to just a one-year extension to further their evaluation of him!
Keep the faith, Eagle fans!