Kevin Kolb Trade Rumors: Where Could Philadelphia Eagles QB Land?
Kevin Kolb said he will be a starter in 2011, but with Michael Vick most likely getting a new contract from the Philadelphia Eagles to be the starting quarterback, it's likely Kolb will be playing elsewhere when the new season begins.
Kolb will fetch a high price on the market, and the Eagles reportedly will be asking for two first-round draft picks for his services, but that's a pretty fair price when you consider Kolb is young, healthy and NFL-ready, and the only reason he isn't a starter is because he sustained a concussion and then watched Michael Vick become Michael Vick.
There are a lot of teams with quarterback issues, and Kolb will be the answer to a prayer for one of those teams should the Eagles decide to trade Kolb.
Here's a look at every team with a quarterback issue and the chances Kolb goes there. And, just so we're clear, nothing can happen with free agency until there is a new collective bargaining agreement, so keep that in mind when reading this.
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Colt McCoy is the Browns starting quarterback of the future—anyone with a set of eyes and any football knowledge can see that.
McCoy struggled the last two games of the year, but he was facing two of the toughest defenses in the league behind a patchwork offensive line and an offensive coaching staff that thought they knew more than Mike Holmgren despite their basement-dwelling status in the offensive rankings.
The reason the Browns are on this list is general manager Tom Heckert, formerly of the Eagles. There's a slim chance he might decide to go with the quarterback he picked a few years ago if there's some kind of fatal flaw in McCoy's game we're not seeing.
Yes, McCoy's arm strength has come under question, but again, he was being used poorly by short-sighted coaches who were playing for field goals instead of touchdowns.
Overall Chance Kolb Goes to Cleveland: Extremely low, no higher than a token five percent.
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The Seattle Seahawks just got one of the gutsiest performances out of Matt Hasselbeck you'll ever see this past weekend, but Hasselbeck is 35 years old and not getting any younger.
Carroll has been giving backup Charlie Whitehurst some looks, but it's too early to say if Whitehurst is the answer or not.
That being said, the Seahawks may decide to go one more year with Hasselbeck and Whitehurst and draft another quarterback in the middle rounds to give them another option.
Kolb going to Seattle doesn't make a lot of sense at this point, unless Carroll and the front office decide to completely scrap what they have now and start over.
Overall Chance Kolb Goes to Seattle: No more than the token five percent.
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The Buffalo Bills appeared to win themselves out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes until Luck informed everybody those winnings will be delayed one year, so now the Bills don't look so dumb.
With the emergence of Ryan Fitzpatrick, it gives the Buffalo Bills options going into 2011. However, the Bills have to decide if we've already seen the best of Fitzpatrick, or if the best is yet to come.
Kolb would give the Bills amazing depth at quarterback, but Fitzpatrick probably wouldn't be too happy about that turn of events.
The Bills need to rebuild too much of the team to be giving up two first-round draft picks, though, so any deal involving Kolb could include Fitzpatrick just to try and salvage some of their draft picks out of the deal.
Overall Chance Kolb Goes to Buffalo: No more than five percent.
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Jimmy Clausen may get one more year in Carolina, but that's only because Andrew Luck decided to stay at Stanford.
Clausen may not have had the best supporting cast around him, but his footwork was awful, he looked bad in the pocket when he was under pressure, made poor decisions and looked like he still hadn't caught up with the speed of the game late in the season. He failed to throw for more than 200 yards in any game this year, and never threw a touchdown to a wide receiver.
The Panthers certainly recognize that Clausen may need another year or two of development before he's ready to be an NFL starter, if he can ever actually reach that level and be good at the job, but Kolb may be the answer to their quarterback questions.
So this puts Carolina in as a possibility for Kolb except for one thing, owner Jerry Richardson seems to have gone cheap this last few years, and that could mean he absolutely won't want to pay the two first-round picks for Kolb.
Overall Chance Kolb Goes to Carolina: Low—unless Richardson decides he wants immediate change, no more than 30 percent.
The Miami Dolphins are a mess right now. They have no solid quarterback going into 2011 with Chad Henne's inconsistent play, Chad Pennington's destroyed shoulder possibly sending him into retirement, and then Tyler Thigpen.
Then there's the matter of the Dolphins owner hanging Tony Sparano out for a week while chasing Jim Harbaugh, only to turn around and give Sparano a contract extension and an apology.
To add to this, their running game is either old, leaving or both. So the Dolphins have a lot of decisions to make moving forward, quarterback being one of them.
The Dolphins have no second-round pick this year, and they probably want to use their first-round pick to fix up the running game. A trade for Kolb isn't a bad move, but they probably would be better off signing a quarterback in free agency or trading for the much cheaper Vince Young.
Overall Chance Kolb Goes to Miami: Fairly low, no higher than 15 percent.
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The Minnesota Vikings have to decide where Joe Webb fits into their plans now, and they have to decide if they're going to draft a Ryan Mallett, Jake Locker, or whoever is available for them in the first round in the upcoming draft.
One option for the Vikings is to draft a young quarterback and go after Donovan McNabb to lead the team until the rookie develops.
However, if the Vikings determine McNabb's best days are behind him, going with the younger Kolb is a good option as they don't have to develop a rookie, get an NFL-ready starter and have good backups in Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb.
This is the option few people are talking about, but it is one way the team could go.
Overall Chance Kolb Goes to Minnesota: About 40 percent—a lot depends on what direction ownership wants to go with the quarterback.
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David Garrard is too inconsistent to be the reliable starting quarterback for an NFL franchise. Garrard is your starting quarterback if you have no other options.
Now that it is the offseason, the Jaguars do have other options. With Maurice Jones-Drew being the backbone of the Jaguars offense, they can afford to trade away some first-round draft picks for a reliable signal-caller.
Kolb could step right in with Garrard as a reliable backup, and the Jaguars would have a great chance of making the playoffs in 2011.
Overall Chance Kolb Goes to Jacksonville: Much better than Miami, 40 percent chance.
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The early and sudden fall of JaMarcus Russell really has set the Raiders back. They tried to bring Jason Campbell in this year and hope he was being misused in Washington.
But Campbell quickly lost his starting job to Bruce Gradkowski, who was frequently injured and may not be back next season.
Al Davis is a little crazy, and he's one of the few owner/general managers who would have no trouble trading away draft picks if he thinks Kevin Kolb can be "the guy" in Oakland for the next 10 years.
Kolb has an arm, isn't afraid to use it and thrives in the kind of pass-happy offenses Al Davis wants to see the Raiders run.
Overall Chance Kolb Goes to Oakland: I'd give this one a total cop-out 50/50 chance.
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The Titans have their own quarterback issue, and that could be the key to unloading Kevin Kolb. It's not outside the realm of possibility to see Kolb and Young get moved in some kind of three-way team trade/package deal.
The Titans are done with Young, but since their breakup has been so public, and Young's instability is part of his makeup, the Titans can't get what they want out of Young like the Eagles can.
Kolb could fulfill Jeff Fisher's dream to have a reliable starting quarterback who isn't going to flake out or wilt under pressure, and Young could get a fresh start elsewhere, although probably not in Philadelphia.
This deal could happen, but only if a third team like Miami, Minnesota or Oakland became a part of it to give Young a starter's job in that particular franchise.
Overall Chance Kolb Goes to Tennessee: Under this scenario, it's a 60 percent chance, otherwise this deal just does not happen.
San Francisco 49ers
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This is a bigger possibility than some people might think purely because in the "win now" mentality of the NFL, this trade makes sense for the 49ers.
The Niners could trade the Eagles their first-round pick this year plus some players to make up the difference for the other pick and new coach Jim Harbaugh automatically has a quarterback.
This is a decision the 49ers won't have a lot of time to make, but if Luck is staying at Stanford, the 49ers may not want to use their first-round pick to take a chance on another quarterback.
Overall Chance Kolb Goes to San Francisco: Better than average, around 60 percent.
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The Arizona Cardinals have a young John Skelton, a great wide receiver in Larry Fitzgerald, and an enigma named Derek Anderson that kills coaches with his Arm of Doom.
The Cardinals make the most sense right now because they have a definite need, probably are willing to pay the price, and hope if Kolb doesn't work out, John Skelton or Max Hall develop and can take over.
The Cardinals had no answer for the quarterback position when Kurt Warner retired and Matt Leinart flamed out.
Kolb could end up being the answer to their problems.
Overall Chance Kolb Goes to Arizona: Feeling good about this one, 70 percent.