2011 NFL Trade Speculation: Is Kevin Kolb Destined for the Cleveland Browns?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IMay 10, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 24, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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When a football fan looks at the quarterback position for the Cleveland Browns over the last decade, the results are rather ugly. Cleveland has sent 16 starters to the line of scrimmage since 1999 and fifteen of those men have disappointed the franchise in their own special way.

Colt McCoy is the exception to this group of failures. However, is this the right time for Cleveland to add an insurance policy behind the former Texas standout?

Kevin Kolb will likely be a hot topic when the NFL lockout is finally lifted later this year. Many teams from around the league will be looking to add a quarterback that can make a difference in both present and future seasons.

Cleveland is no exception to that statement.

Team president, Mike Holmgren, made his intentions on evaluating the 2011 NFL Draft quarterback class very clear and even though Cleveland did not draft a signal caller, many expect that Pat Shurmur and Tom Heckert were in control of most of the draft decisions.

The Browns front office has some significant connections to Kevin Kolb and the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Tom Heckert and Mark Whipple both spent time with Kolb and the Eagles throughout their professional careers and are well aware of what type of player Kolb could be.

Cleveland has been very consistent this off-season as they have labeled Colt McCoy the quarterback of the future. However, the questions with the quarterback position come after McCoy as Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme have both become significant concerns.Wallace has made his feelings clear that he wants to become a starter in the NFL and Delhomme may never return to the form that once helped him carry the Carolina Panthers to a Super Bowl birth several seasons ago.

All indications point toward Colt McCoy as the starting quarterback in Cleveland for many seasons to come, but don't be surprised to see Cleveland stir the pot before this off-season is complete.