Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings & 8 Teams in Pursuit of Eagles' Kevin Kolb
Kevin Kolb said he will be a starter in 2011, but Michael Vick is getting the franchise tag and a new contract from the Philadelphia Eagles to be their starting quarterback. If Kolb is going to be a starter, it's going to be somewhere else.
Kolb will fetch a high price on the market, and the Eagles reportedly will be asking for at least two first-round draft picks. 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. When you look at it that way, it's not an unfair price.
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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Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert drafted Kevin Kolb. The Browns haven't 100 percent committed to Colt McCoy, so you have to include them in the Kolb discussion.
However, the Browns need every draft pick they can get, so the possibility of trading one for Kolb is very slim unless they think they can turn the team around by the 2012 season.
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Matt Hasselbeck is 35 years old and not getting any younger.
Pete Carroll has been giving backup Charlie Whitehurst some looks, but it's too early to say if Whitehurst is the answer or not.
To say Seattle won't give Kolb a look would be foolish. Carroll is too smart not at least check out the situation and crunch some numbers.
There are too many moving parts in play here to make any kind of definitive statement, but Seattle has to have a file on Kolb in their "Wants" drawer.
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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 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.
The Bills are a longshot as well but worth mentioning, because things always are in flux when it comes to Buffalo.
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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 is not the future of the Carolina Panthers or any other NFL team. He's just not that good.
Clausen may not have had the best supporting cast around him, but his footwork was awful, he looked bad in the pocket when 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, and never threw a touchdown to a wide receiver.
So this puts Carolina in as a possibility for Kolb except for one thing, owner Jerry Richardson seems to have gone cheap the last few years, and that could mean he absolutely won't want to pay the two first-round picks for Kolb.
Given reports on how Richardson treats quarterbacks recently, Kolb may not want to go to Carolina either.
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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 Tyler Thigpen.
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 someone cheaper.
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The Minnesota Vikings have to decide where Joe Webb fits into their plans, and they have to decide if they're going to draft a top-round quarterback to go along with Webb, sign a veteran, or do a combination of every idea.
The Vikings draft high enough to get one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the draft, but Webb showed enough talent to be a backup quarterback in the league. It's still far too early to say if he ever will be a starter, but the Vikings will have to decide which direction they are going and who they are going to commit to before the draft.
Even if there's no CBA before the draft, if the Vikings decide they're going after a pro quarterback to start for them next year, that changes their draft strategy.
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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.
Let's be honest. If the Jaguars have a true franchise quarterback this past season, it would've been the Jags in the playoffs, not the Colts.
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.
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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 trade/package deal.
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 with that particular franchise.
This is assuming the Titans still are going to move Young. Now that Jeff Fisher is gone, Young may stay and the Titans will be out of this race.
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.
The 49ers also might be the best fit for Kolb's talents, making this a destination Kolb may lobby for himself if the Eagles inform him internally he definitely is being traded.
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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 can 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. Plus, Fitzgerald has endorsed this deal, making it even more attractive to the Cardinals' front office to get done.