NFL Trade Speculation: Eagles Receiving Offers for Another Quarterback

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIApril 18, 2011

CINCINNATI - AUGUST 20:  Mike Kafka #3 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on August 20, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Eagles have one of the hottest trade commodities in backup quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Could they be fielding offers for another quarterback?

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, citing a league source, the Eagles have received trade offers for 23-year-old Mike Kafka, the third-string quarterback.

Kafka was drafted in the fourth round in the 2010 NFL Draft (No. 122 overall) and did not see the field for the Eagles in the regular season. 

According to Pro Football Talk, the Eagles could have leaked this information to drive up Kafka's price and trade him in the future.

Another scenario is that the Eagles could be trying to sell the fans on Kafka as the backup.

My Take

Kafka is a smart, young quarterback, but could teams really be interested in a guy who had not showed much even in the preseason.

In the preseason with the Eagles, Kafka struggled. Only in the Chiefs game did Kafka show his smart, savvy quarterbacking skills.

In that game, he had 115.2 passer rating and threw for a touchdown. The other three games, he threw for a combined three interceptions and had an average of a 37.56 passer rating.

Pro Football Talk brings up an interesting point, though: Last year, Andy Reid continuously tried to sell Kevin Kolb to Eagles fans after Donovan McNabb was traded.

He said that Kolb could lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl.

It seems the move is to sell fans on Kafka's legitimacy as a quarterback—that other teams could be interested in him. If the Eagles' public relations did leak this information, I think it is a certain that Kevin Kolb will be traded this offseason.

If the Eagles did not leak this information, then maybe teams trust Reid's success with developing quarterbacks. Reid resurrected Michael Vick's career and has developed McNabb and Kolb.

Since the Eagles drafted Kafka in the fourth round, teams would have to be willing to give up a third-rounder or multiple picks for the Eagles to gain value in this situation.