Though the stay currently granted to the NFL by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals prevents any team from openly negotiating with or shopping players, rumors surrounding Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb's status in 2011 are still swirling.
The latest buzz links Kolb with the NFC West and the Arizona Cardinals, who have struggled to field consistent quarterback play since Kurt Warner announced his retirement.
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, via this NFL Live transcript:
"I think at this point in time, it's fairly certain that he's going to wind up in the NFC West. Right now, all signs point to Kevin Kolb somehow finding his way to Arizona, which would make Larry Fitzgerald very happy, which would make the Cardinals an instant contender in the NFC West, and it would make them the team that they were a couple of years ago when Kurt Warner was playing quarterback, rather than last year when they had the quarterback carousel."
Of course, the NFL lockout will have to be lifted—either long-term or temporarily—in order for Arizona to actually make a play for Kolb. So if the lockout is lifted, look for Philadelphia and Arizona to begin communicating immediately, and don't be surprised if the conversation results in Kolb quarterbacking the Cardinals in 2011.