Kevin Kolb: Why the Minnesota Vikings Must Trade for Philadelphia Eagles QB

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IApril 18, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys on January 2, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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For the Minnesota faithful, time is of the essence if the Vikings are to solve the pressing quarterback dilemma.

The rumor mill is all but exacerbated with names such as Vince Young, Kyle Orton and Donovan McNabb being worn-out news, and fans want a solution now.

But one name has gone by the wayside; a name that needs a lot more attention then perhaps many believe: That name is Kevin Kolb.

Let’s be honest here.

Vince Young is on the lamb—so to speak. The consensus around the league is that Young just isn't worth it—shame really.

Kyle Orton is pretty much locked up in Denver, with as much chance of being scooped up by Minny as the Lions have of winning the Super Bowl this year—too soon?

And as far as Donovan McNabb, the fanbase is convinced he is not the answer and I agree.

There was a time when McNabb was able to play at an elite level, but his modern-day form has been on the decline for a few years now, with no upside to speak of.

So if we speak in terms of default, Kevin Kolb makes sense. If we speak in terms of who’s the next talented quarterback in the free-agent pool, we’re still speaking of Kevin Kolb.

Kevin Kolb—a talented quarterback? Dude you’re crazy!

Am I?

I can delve into the finer points of Kolb’s exquisite collegiate career at Houston if you’d like:

Career Passing: 964 Cmp, 1565 Att (62.0%), 12,964 Yds, 85 TD

Career Rushing: 472 Att, 751 Yds, 1.6 Avg, 21 TD

Career Punting: 2 Punts, 75 Yds, 37.5 Avg

Career Scoring: 21 TD, 1 2PM, 128 Pts

No? How about his short stint as a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles:

Career Passing: 194 Cmp, 319 Att (60.8%), 2,082Yds, 11 TD

Career Rushing: 36 Att, 64 Yds, 1TD

Career Scoring: 12 total TDs in seven total starts...not too shabby.

The moral of the story is very simple: Yes, this guy can pass the ball and yes he is a talented quarterback, whether you like it or not.

So why must the Vikings grab Kolb? It’s real simple: opportunity.

In case no one noticed, the door is rapidly closing on the chance of scoring a veteran acquisition, and there aren’t even many left to speak of.

The Vikings need a veteran on that field to help cultivate Joe Webb and whatever quarterback they draft this year.

But more importantly, they just need a veteran behind center on opening day for crying out loud.

Kolb may be the acquisition by default here, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Vikings are settling for second best either.

Remember, the Eagles replaced McNabb with Kolb. They believed he (Kolb) was going to lift the Birds to greater heights, until they saw the light when Lighting McQueen...err, Michael Vick took over for an injured Kolb.

The move made a lot of sense.

The Eagles offensive line was flat out horrible when it came to quarterback protection (I’m looking your way, Nick Cole and Winston Justice) so in essence they were better off with a mobile—experienced—veteran like Vick.

Well what if Kolb played behind a much better offensive line, with a better backfield and a comparable receiving corps? How would that translate onto Webb, or the season or even their eventual draft selection?

Would Kolb finally come into his own? Well I say, yes!

But time is ticking away. staff writer Jeff McLane believes the Eagles will do “whatever it takes” to unload Kolb if the compensation is right, but in all likelihood, not before the draft.

So what will it take?

The Eagles are just as needy as the Vikings, but at different positions. One of those positions is linebacker:

"Linebacker, we've got to look at that," Reid admitted to

Perhaps the Eagles could entertain a deal for linebacker Ben Leber.

Despite only playing in about five percent of the 2010 season, Leber has a lot of what Coach Reid enjoys in a linebacker: speed, lateral coverage ability and special-teams value.

Philly needs a talented linebacker; Minny needs a talented quarterback. Let's make a deal!

The point is, the Vikings need a veteran now, and Kevin Kolb is the man they should pick up.

Forget about the aforementioned quarterbacks; they’re old news.

Forget about Marc Bulger and Seneca Wallace; Bulger is sure to have a hefty price tag, and Wallace...well c’mon, Seneca Wallace, guys?

With a budding veteran under center, and in camp, the Vikings' season looks a helluva lot better than its current projection.

But the real value could wind up being a round-robin effect.

Joe Webb will certainly benefit. The yet-to-be-seen draftee will surely benefit. And the guy this all hinges on will be afforded the opportunity to take that next step forward, in his quest for becoming a starting quarterback.

A win-win-win situation.

Ladies and gentleman of the jury, the choice is clear: The Minnesota Vikings must trade for Eagles QB Kevin Kolb.


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