Kevin Kolb: The 4 NFL Teams Who Will Heavily Pursue a Trade for Him

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIMay 2, 2011

Kevin Kolb: The 4 NFL Teams Who Will Heavily Pursue a Trade for Him

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    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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    According to Peter King of, the Eagles have been offered a 2012 first-round pick by an unknown team for backup quarterback Kevin Kolb.

    This news is not surprising, considering teams were willing to give the Eagles a first-round pick in this draft.

    Kolb is still young and in his prime. With weapons around him, Kolb can succeed and lead a team to the playoffs.

    Here are the four teams who will heavily pursue the Eagles backup quarterback.

Buffalo Bills

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 19:  Receiver Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills catches a pass  against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida.The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Even though Ryan Fitzpatrick had a decent year starting last season, he is still not a franchise quarterback. Fitzpatrick is an ideal backup who has overachieved with the Bills.

    The Bills made several solid picks to rebuild their defense, starting with defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

    With explosive offensive weapons like Lee Evans, Steve Johnson, CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson, the Bills could surround Kolb with enough talent for him to lead them to a surprise playoff berth.

    Coach Chan Gailey must realize that Fitzpatrick will not have the same success as last season, so pursuing Kolb would be smart.

Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 18:  Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs as safety Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears defends at Sun Life Stadium on November 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    The Dolphins have more than a solid team to compete with next season. Their underrated defense is actually one of the best in football, but the Dolphins have lacked consistent quarterback play since Dan Marino.

    Chad Henne has yet to improve and has struggled in big moments in big games. He has lost the trust of head coach Tony Sparano, who has only a couple seasons to lead the team to the playoffs.

    The Dolphins have a great receiving core, especially with the addition of speedster Edmund Gates, who will be a great complement to Brandon Marshall.

    With an above-average offensive line, the Dolphins could be major sleepers with Kevin Kolb at the helm next season.

    The Dolphins did not address their quarterback need in the draft, so they may have a plan for either Kolb or a veteran free-agent quarterback.

Seattle Seahawks

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for a 67-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, W
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    Matt Hasselbeck, in all likelihood, will not be returning to Seattle in 2011. That would leave the Seahawks with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback for a team that made the playoffs last year.

    Whitehurst is not the short- or long-term answer for the 'Hawks.

    The Seahawks have been linked with Kolb since last offseason.

    According to reports, the Seahawks were willing to give up a first-round pick for Kolb last offseason.

    The 'Hawks are a rising team that could make some noise in a weak division with Kolb at quarterback.

Arizona Cardinals

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 2:  Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals catches a touchdown against the San Francisco 49er during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on January 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Head coach Ken Whisenhunt does not have a lot of time to turn around the Cardinals. He could be a goner by next offseason.

    The Cardinals struggled with quarterbacks like Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton. Skelton actually did show some potential, but he probably still needs a season to learn behind a veteran.

    The Cardinals needed a quarterback in the draft and had several options to draft one, but decided to go with defensive talent.

    Star receiver Larry Fitzgerald also has to consider where his team is heading and will factor in the Kolb sweepstakes this offseason.

    Fitzgerald even said that Kolb would be his first choice at quarterback next season (even though he later retracted the comment).

    Kolb is ready to start now, which could appease Fitzgerald and possibly convince him to stay in Arizona.