Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Kolb Weighs In, Hopes to Play With Fitzgerald, Arizona
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"If he's not the best than he's one of the best WRs in the NFL—a superstar," Kolb said of Fitzgerald. "For a guy like that to say something about me it means a lot. Awful flattering and if something happens I hope [the Arizona Cardinals'] name comes up."
Kolb has been clear that he feels like he deserves to start at the NFL level. If that means leaving Philadelphia, so be it.
Although he has refused to demand a trade outright, he has made his feelings well-known.
“I love it [in Philadelphia], as everybody knows,” Kolb said after the Eagles’ 21-16 playoff loss to the Packers. “My family’s settled in here. I would love to be starting here. But I want to be starting somewhere."
It now appears that the Cardinals could be his preferred place to start.
Kolb believes, like most fans, that Michael Vick will return to the Eagles in 2011 and knows that if Vick is on the team, he will remain a backup.
"If that doesn't work out, obviously I won't be happy about it," he said. "So if I get put in those shoes just like I've done in the past and just like you have to do in this league... just roll with the punches and say 'my turn's comin' up.'"
"You never know what's going to happen with Mike. We talk about this every week, he runs around a lot so you've always got to be ready to play. We learned that this year... so if it comes up that way then I'll go with it and make it work but obviously."
However, his preference is very clear.
"I've always had a good relationship with the Eagles and I think they see where I'm coming from," he said. "It's not really in my makeup to go out there and make a stink about things. I try to be as professional as possible and see both sides. I truly believe that they're going to try to do what's best for myself and the team."
And that means trading him to a team where he can start.
"I want to be starting somewhere and be No. 1," he added.
Kolb would be a welcome addition to the Cardinals. He is clearly well-liked by the Cardinals' top receiver and has been groomed to take over in Philadelphia under veteran quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick.
Kolb is not the only option for the Cardinals to consider. Marc Bulger, Kyle Orton and numerous other quarterbacks have been linked to the team, and his price, suggested to be two first-round picks, could be a little costly for the team.
Kyle Orton, who started most of last season, looks set to be replaced by Tim Tebow for 2011, and the Broncos have indicated that if they trade him, they would want much less than the Eagles, at most a second- and third-round pick.
However, talks to extend Larry Fitzgerald's contract remain ongoing for the Cardinals, and if he feels strongly enough about Kolb, two first-round picks would be more than worth while to keep their star receiver on their side.
Of course, for all NFL teams, trade talks of any kind are on hold due to the lack of a CBA. With talks between the league and players association stalling once more, all of this speculation could be moot.
However, one thing is certain: if the season goes ahead, an experienced quarterback will be a necessity for the Cardinals.
Luke is a Featured Columnist for the Arizona Cardinals on Bleacher Reporter. He also covers the Arizona Cardinals for Sports Haze Phoenix. Follow him on twitter @lukebunger and Sports Haze, www.sportshaze.com/phoenix
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