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I think the reason for trying to trade Kevin Kolb is pretty simple.
He is just not that good, and it seems like every other organization in the NFL doesn't realize that.
Remember, this article takes the notion that the league won't open up until after the draft, so we won't really get the farm for Kolb in this situation. Having said this, it seems like we will be able to get some conditional draft picks for the career I'm-a-backup-now-but-I-will-start-at-some-point wishful thinker. We have to. Because we simply cannot risk this guy taking a snap for the Eagles ever again. Let's take a look at his history in the NFL:
He was drafted in 2007 as Donovan McNabb's presumptive successor. He saw very limited action in his rookie season, and every snap he took resulted in a sack.
His first snaps of meaningful football were taken on that infamous day in 2008 when his mentor was put in timeout. I can describe that experience in detail for you, but you'll have to take my word for it that it was pathetic.
His first opportunity to start came in 2009 when Donovan cracked his ribs and was sidelined for two games. His first start came against the eventual champion Saints, in which he had a good first half but became an INT machine in the second half. His second start came against the Kansas City Chiefs, against whom he threw two touchdowns, no interceptions, and over 300 yards. I could have racked up 250 on that defense.
The rest is history. #5 was traded, Kolb was the man all summer, he "got hurt" in Week 1, Vick comes in and has an MVP-caliber year, yada yada yada. His whole story produced a 60.8 completion percentage, 2,082 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and a 73.2 rating.
Having said all that, he is the hottest commodity in the NFL rumor mill. I won't say anything if you don't.