Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb is being shopped around to teams throughout the NFL. According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, there is at least one team willing to give up a first-round pick for the backup quarterback.
Kolb has had a hard luck beginning to his career. After playing behind Donovan McNabb for a couple of years, being groomed as his heir-to-be, 2010 was Kolb's year—until he got hurt and Michael Vick took the NFL by storm.
A number of teams are interested in Kolb. Although he has only started seven games, he has displayed enough arm strength, moxie and leadership to peak other teams' interest.
The Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings are all possible landing spots for Kolb.
Teams often get drawn in by the mystery and opportunity of a first-round pick, forgetting that it becomes a single player with a very real chance of busting. The Eagles should not be lured in by this trap.
What position do the Philadelphia Eagles need? There are a few, to be sure. But the most important position the Eagles will need without Kevin Kolb on their bench is backup quarterback.
Vick has a playing style that leads to injury. While it may not be fair to curtail Kolb's potential by having him sitting on the bench for long periods of time, it is in the best interest of the Philadelphia Eagles to keep him.
The most tragic thing that can happen to a team's season is losing its star quarterback. For the Eagles, the risk is greater than most other teams because Vick runs and takes contact more often than a standard pocket passer.
There is no reason to gamble an entire season on the shaky proposition of Vick's health.
Instead, on their bench they could have a guy who knows the system as well as anybody—a guy that could start for a number of NFL teams. It is not a team's responsibility to promote the career interests of its players—it is the team's job to win.
And Kevin Kolb gives the Eagles a better chance of winning this year than any first-round pick.