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NFL Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Eagles Want More Than Early Pick for Kevin Kolb

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Bob CunninghamSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2011

The chance that Kevin Kolb remains a member of the Philadelphia Eagles seems to be dwindling by the day.

Reuben Frank of is reporting that, according to a league source, the "Eagles are hoping to acquire at least a first-round pick and a second pick somewhere in the first three or four rounds for Kolb."

I don't doubt that head coach Andy Reid and general manager Howie Roseman have told that exact thing to any teams calling about Kolb, but if a team like the Arizona Cardinals offers up their first-round pick, which is the fifth pick overall, I believe the team will jump on that offer.

Reid is fairly greedy when it comes to trades, always trying to squeeze the other team for all they're worth, but asking for a pick in addition to the fifth overall pick, or any pick in the top 10 would take some gall. Just asking could turn a potential trade partner off and kill the deal.

Frank's source, however, goes on to make a very good point.

"Andy isn't going to just give Kolb away," the source said. "He wouldn't have just given Donovan away. People said he wouldn't get a second-round pick for Donovan, but he did."


"Andy spent all those years in Green Bay with [Mike] Holmgren, and they groomed all those young quarterbacks (Aaron Brooks, Mark Brunell, Ty Detmer, Tim Hasselbeck) and traded them for picks that helped really build that franchise," the source continued, "so he knows the value of making this kind of deal.

"But you can't give him away. And you have to make sure you keep Michael Vick healthy, because your backup [if you trade Kolb] isn't going to be as good as Kolb is."

My gut feeling is that if Reid is offered a top-10, or maybe even top-15, overall pick in 2011, he will likely take it and run. He might ask for a late-round pick as well, but teams don't seem to value late-round picks all that much and he might be able to get it if it means closing the deal for the other team.

If the only offer he can get is for a pick in 2012, however, he will likely ask for a third- or fourth-round pick in addition to a first-round selection, or perhaps a player Reid sees as a borderline starter.

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