Philadelphia Eagles Likely to Keep Michael Vick: Where Should Kevin Kolb Go?

Andrew RostenContributor IIJanuary 11, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys on January 2, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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In his exit interview with the Philadelphia Eagles, Kevin Kolb said he would like to be traded if the Eagles keep Michael Vick as the starter.

The Eagles told Vick that they would like to keep him as the starter, and Vick said he would like to stay in Philadelphia.

So what about Kolb? If he cannot start for the Eagles, he said he would like to be a starting quarterback somewhere.

It seemed, at the start of the season, that Kolb would finally get his chance to be the Eagles' leader after Donovan McNabb got traded to the Washington Redskins. Then Kolb got a concussion, Vick came in, and the rest is history.

As Vick recovered from a rib injury suffered against the Redskins, Kolb started three more games for the Eagles this season and went 2-1. In one of those starts, he completed 23-of-29 passes for 326 yards to lead Philadelphia to a 31-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

He deserves the chance to be a starter, but the Eagles are, at least in the short run, a better team with Vick under center. Although Philadelphia may not trade him too soon because of some complications with the NFL trying to get a new collective bargaining agreement, Kolb needs to go to another team to get a fair chance to get what he wants: A chance to prove himself as a full-time starter.

Who would be the most interested in his services? These three teams should scrap up some bargaining chips to see what they could offer the Eagles in exchange for Kolb.

Carolina Panthers

Many experts expected Carolina to take Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall draft pick.

Now that Luck has decided to stay at Stanford for one more year, the Panthers would do themselves a favor by drafting wide receiver A.J. Green out of Georgia instead of settling for a backup plan at quarterback.

Who will be throwing to Green? Jimmy Clausen?

I don't know if I'm the only one thinking this, but if I were a Panther fan, I would feel more comfortable with Kolb under center if they can get him.

Arizona Cardinals

Obviously, Arizona's offense does not click without a capable quarterback throwing to a dynamic wide receiver corps that includes Larry Fitzgerald.

But with Fitzgerald still in his prime, the Cardinals should think about putting a proven (at least to some extent) quarterback under center rather than picking one from the draft and rebuilding the offense from scratch.

Kolb to Fitzgerald?

It doesn't sound as sweet as Warner to Fitzgerald, but it beats Anderson/Skelton to Fitzgerald anyday.

Oakland Raiders

Despite having a talented young set of wide receivers in Heyward-Bey and Murphy, Oakland finished the season ranked 23rd in the NFL in passing yards.

Despite having the likes of Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski under center, the Raiders finished with an 8-8 record.

Imagine how good they can be if they had a capable quarterback throwing to a potentially potent wide receiver corps.


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