NFL Trade Predictions: Why Kevin Kolb Will Re-Sign with the Philadelphia Eagles
The biggest question this offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles is whether to re-sign Kevin Kolb to another extension or trade him.
In the end, it may not be in Kolb's hands. If management decides to pull the trigger on a trade that nets the Eagles a first round pick in return, Kolb has no say.
However, if Kolb remains an Eagle through the 2011 season and becomes a free agent, he will then be able to choose if he wants to remain with the organization that drafted him back in 2007.
The media and a lot of fans are calling for the four year veteran to be traded for a possible high draft pick.
If Kolb makes it through the 2011 season as a member of the Eagles, he has a number of reasons to stick with the organization for the long haul.
Knowledge of the West Coast System
Being on the sideline for the better part of his first four seasons, Kevin Kolb has undoubtedly learned the ins and the outs of the Eagles' complicated west coast offense.
The west coast offense is a system based on short yardage, quick hit plays that are intended to keep the defense on their heels.
Kolb fits the type of QB that can run a west coast system. He is not a deep ball thrower. He is good at the short three step drops and he is accurate enough to make the short five-seven yard passes.
While playing under Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick, Kolb has certainly learned a myriad of secrets that go along with the system as well.
Uncertainty Surrounding Michael Vick
Kevin Kolb is not the only QB on the Eagles roster whose future beyond 2011 is uncertain.
The Eagles put the franchise tag on Michael Vick this offseason, which is basically a one-year contract.
With Vick's injury history, the Eagles may not decide to re-sign Vick past the 2011 season. 2010 was a re-breakout year for Vick, but it also showed how fragile he is and how valuable a backup can be.
If Kolb remains with the Eagles, he is guaranteed to be the backup as long as Vick stays. Being a backup QB to Michael Vick is basically being QB 1A.
Prove His Worth
Ever since Kevin Kolb came into the NFL, it has been known that he wants to be a starting QB.
For three seasons, he was the backup, patiently waiting in the wings of Donovan McNabb.
Early in 2010, Kolb was declared the starter. That was before he lost his job to Mike Vick and the rest is history.
Kolb, in my opinion, has still yet to be given a legitimate chance in the NFL.
With the chance, Kolb should prove his worth to the Eagles franchise and to the league. He should prove that he was worth the wait.
He Is the Franchise QB of the Philadelphia Eagles
Kevin Kolb is the franchise QB for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Michael Vick is not a long term option based on his health and age.
Kolb was traded and drafted for the sole purpose of taking over once Donovan McNabb departed.
That time has come and Kolb has still yet to be given his chance. It is coming though.
The 2011 season will be an interesting year for the Eagles organization. If Vick has another good year, it will be tough for them to let him walk. If he does not live up to expectations, Kolb gets his chance.
He Has Shown Commitment to the Organization
"I want to be here long term and I think the Eagles want me here long term."
That was Kevin Kolb in a statement he made after he signed his one-year contract extension last offseason.
Kolb wants to prove his worth to the franchise and show why they picked him early in the second round, after he was a projected third rounder.
If Kevin Kolb wanted to leave the organization, he would not have signed the extension.
Hopefully Kolb signs another extension this year and hopefully it is a long term one.