NFL Trade Rumors: Why Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals is a Done Deal
Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals has been one of the most talked-about trade proposals in recent football memory.
The Cardinals need a franchise quarterback who fits Ken Whisenhunt's system, and the Eagles want to cash in on Kevin Kolb's trade value once and for all.
The Eagles seem to like Mike Kafka as a backup quarterback, and therefore Kevin Kolb is expendable.
Here are five reasons why Kolb to the Cardinals may already be a done deal.
The Cardinals Didn't Select a Quarterback in the 2011 Draft
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It seemed like a high percentage of mock drafts had the Cardinals "solving their quarterback problem" by selecting Blaine Gabbert with the fifth overall pick—I said from the beginning that Arizona would pass on the Missouri product.
Ken Whisenhunt wisely opted to pass on the young signal-callers available this year and instead greatly improved his team in other positional groups.
The Cardinals still don't have a true franchise quarterback on the roster, but Whisenhunt knows that, too.
It is conceivable that Arizona, with a prospective deal in place for Kevin Kolb, opted to pass on all of the available rookie quarterbacks in the draft.
No Other Team Is Showing Much Interest in Kolb
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It seems as though the only team we hear linked again and again to Kevin Kolb is the Arizona Cardinals.
With a host of quarterback-needy teams having selected their signal-callers of the future, the Cardinals are still looking for a franchise quarterback.
With Kevin Kolb still being peddled for trade, the Cardinals may be the Eagles' only shot at getting great value for their backup quarterback.
Despite Kolb's talent and potential, the Eagles' asking price is rather high. The Cardinals seem like they're the only ones left who are willing to pay up.
The Experts Are Already Predicting the Trade to Go Down
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Joel Thorman of SBNation reports that the Cardinals are major frontrunners in the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes.
ESPN's Adam Schefter says that Arizona is a huge favorite to land the Eagle quarterback, too.
Schefter said specifically that, "all signs point to Arizona," for Kolb.
With such votes of confidence, it is feasible the Kolb to Arizona may already be done.
Schefter also cited the Seahawks as having a slight interest, but the Cardinals seem to be in full-court-press mode here.
Kolb Has Larry Fitzgerald's Vote of Confidence
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When asked who he wanted throwing him the ball in 2011, Larry Fitzgerald said that he'd prefer Kevin Kolb under center.
While Larry Fitzgerald certainly isn't the Cardinals' GM, the team would certainly like to keep him happy (his contract is due for renewal soon) and Fitzgerald is a leader on the team.
The fact that the star receiver wants Kevin Kolb will immediately warm the rest of the team to the quarterback.
Ken Whisenhunt and the gang know when to listen to their stars, and they certainly don't want a (Panthers) Steve Smith-situation to develop with the former Madden Cover-star.
The Cardinals Ruled out Donovan McNabb
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Donovan McNabb lives in Arizona, is working out with the Cardinals at Larry Fitzgerald's team camp and is the only perfect fit other than Kolb.
The Cardinals, though, recently shot down the McNabb-to-Arizona rumors.
This leaves Kevin Kolb as the only viable option to go to the desert.
For all we know, it may already be a done deal.