Kevin Kolb: Determining and Analyzing the Trade Value for Philadelphia Eagles

Aaron YoungCorrespondent IIIApril 18, 2011

Kevin Kolb warming up before a game against the Packers.
Kevin Kolb warming up before a game against the Packers.

This upcoming season will be Kevin Kolb’s fifth season in the NFL. The quarterback who was supposed to replace Donovan McNabb did not fully take advantage of the opportunity handed to him when McNabb was traded to the Redskins before the 2010 season.

It’s speculative to say that Andy Reid might have brought aboard Michael Vick in case Kolb did not turn out as hoped for. Reid claimed than Kolb was the franchise’s future, but obviously—the job, which was Kolb’s to lose, was lost to Vick and Michael Vick never looked back.

Many claim that it’s common knowledge that Kolb will be traded at some point during this offseason. However, people are disagreeing upon his trade value.

The NFL Network stated on Friday of last week that the Eagles will be looking for a first-round pick, along with change, if they were to trade their backup quarterback.

Kevin Kolb is entering his fifth season in the NFL and is just 3-4 as a starter. He did not do too shabby last year, but his seven-to-seven touchdown/interception rating suggests that he still has a lot to learn.

Sometimes what a young quarterback needs is to sit on the bench for a couple of years to adapt to the speed of the NFL. It worked out well with Aaron Rodgers, but it’s also quite clear that it was a good idea to let Peyton Manning start in his first season.

At this point of his career, Kevin Kolb definitely needs to start to improve as a quarterback, and he’s not getting that chance in Philadelphia. With so many teams in need of a game manager, the Eagles are hoping to get fabulous value for him.

One can argue that Kevin Kolb is not much more than a rookie experience-wise. Additionally, he has showed next to nothing to prove that he can be neither a consistent starter nor a durable one.

The former second-round draft pick is also rumored to demand a big pay check when his contract runs out after this season. These should all be red flags when it comes to franchises looking to acquire him.

Kolb’s value is simply inflated by the quarterback-needing league, and it is absolutely ludicrous to offer the Eagles more than a second-round draft pick for the services of Michael Vick’s backup.

A third-round draft pick would be a reasonable price tag for a former second rounder who has proven nothing and gotten older.

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