Miami Dolphins: Dropping out of the Kevin Kolb Sweepstakes Is a Smart Move

Mark LeskoCorrespondent IIMay 12, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles is sacked by DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys on January 2, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 14-13.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Miami Herald and other media outlets are reporting that the Miami Dolphins are no longer interested in trading for QB Kevin Kolb.

While many Dolphins fans may become even more frustrated with the organization because of this news, I am absolutely thrilled.

I think this news shows that the Dolphins are finally learning from past mistakes.

The Philadelphia Eagles have remained firm that it will take a first-round pick to trade for Kolb.

This price is in no way warranted.

Yes, first-round picks are always used on unproven players. However, they are used on young players that can be developed. Kolb has been in the league for four years and has not proven himself worthy to start.

He got his chance to do his best Tom Brady impression last season when he got to start the opener and later when Mike Vick got hurt. He went 2-4 and did not look good doing it.

He had one good game at home against a good Atlanta Falcons team in which he had three TDs to just one INT. However, he followed that up with a stinker on the road against a bad Tennessee Titans team in which he threw one TD and two INTs.

Kolb's stats suggest that he will not be that much of an upgrade over Chad Henne, so why give up a valuable first-round pick for a QB that is just as good or maybe even worse than the one you currently have?

In 19 games, Kolb has completed 60.8 percent of his passes with 11 TDs and 14 INTs. In 32 games, Henne has completed 61.1 percent of his passes with 27 TDs and 33 INTs.

If you project Kolb's pace out to Henne's amount of games, their numbers would be almost identical.

The Dolphins have a history of falling in love with backup QBs on other teams. The Dolphins traded for A.J. Feeley and Tyler Thigpen. Neither of those players worked out and showed why they were backups.

Trading for some backups have worked out, but for every Matt Schaub trade there is a Jeff Lewis trade (Lewis was John Elway's backup in Denver and Carolina gave up draft picks to get him and he never saw the field).

If the Dolphins want to give up draft picks for a QB, they need to go after a proven QB to do so. If they could get Kyle Orton for a third-round pick, that would be a trade I could go for.

Orton's best stat is 71 TDs to 48 INTs. The Dolphins need a QB that is not going to make the crushing turnover. However, Orton did not have the best relationship with Brandon Marshall so that could put a hitch in that trade.

So be happy the Dolphins are out of the Kolb sweepstakes and moving on to an option that could be a better fit.