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Kevin Kolb's Ultimatum: Start Me or I Want Out of Philly

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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TCorrespondent IIIJanuary 10, 2011

With the prospect of spending another season as the backup quarterback in Philadelphia, Kevin Kolb appears to want out if he is not the Eagles starter for the 2011 season.  According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, a source close to the situation claims Kolb will let head coach Andy Reid know in his Monday morning meeting that he wants to be a starter, if not as an Eagle, then elsewhere.

Kolb was asked about his feelings on his position with the team.

“I love it here, as everybody knows,” Kolb said. “My family’s settled in here. I would love to be starting here. But I want to be starting somewhere.”

When asked if he could see himself as a backup in Philadelphia next season, Kolb replied with what amounted to a no comment.

Kolb is under contract for one more season after being signed to a contract extension and an $11 million bonus after Donovan McNabb was traded to the Washington Redskins in April 2010.  However, Kolb's impact on the salary cap is minimal—earning $1.4 million in 2011.

Michael Vick is expected to either have the franchise tag placed upon him if there is one under the new collective bargaining agreement or be signed to a contract extension. 

The uncertain labor situation could limit the Eagles' ability to trade Kolb.  The Eagles could ask for as many as two first round picks for the quarterback, but the more realistic compensation would be believed to be a early second rounder.

The wild card in this situation is Vick's health, which is always in jeopardy due to the quarterback's playing style, which leaves him vulnerable to injury. 

Another season ends, but another kind of quarterback controversy begins in Philadelphia.


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