NFL Trade Rumors: What Can Eagles Expect If They Trade Kevin Kolb to Arizona?
Earlier today, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio was quoted saying that a deal between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals regarding Kevin Kolb was "a slam dunk as much as you can have a slam dunk.''
Since the beginning of the 2011 NFL offseason, the Cardinals have been rumored to be among the top teams seeking Kolb's services as a starter. They even reportedly discussed trade terms with the Eagles during the 2011 NFL Draft.
Now that the draft has concluded, the list of QB-needy teams has thinned to a handful, with the Cardinals topping said list.
Currently on their roster, the Cardinals have Derek Anderson, John Skelton, Max Hall and Richard Bartel at quarterback. None have shown the skills necessary to be a permanent starter in the NFL, so the Cardinals will be desperate for new talent.
If the Eagles were to trade Kolb to the Cardinals, though, what could they expect to see in return? Let's take a look.
The Cardinals' 2012 Draft Picks
The general consensus for what the Eagles will get in exchange for Kolb is a first-round pick, plus a defensive contributor.
Therefore, it only seems natural that the Cardinals would give up their 2012 first-round pick in order to land a franchise quarterback. However, depending on the defensive player added to the mix, the pick in question might drop to a second-rounder.
Still, the best part (for the Eagles, anyway) is that the Cardinals still have many holes in their roster, so that 2012 pick will likely be in the first half of the round.
For the Cardinals, such a deal could mean giving up one of their top starters on defense, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
For the Eagles, Rodgers-Cromartie would be the perfect complement to Asante Samuel. The two would form one of the best shutdown tandems in the league with their knack for timely interceptions.
However, if DRC is in the mix in this particular trade, the draft pick that the Eagles receive will likely be only a second-rounder.
Following the same cornerback-and-a-draft-pick-for-Kolb idea, Greg Toler would be another tempting option for the Eagles. The 26-year-old starter has been rumored to be on the trading block after the Cardinals acquired Patrick Peterson with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Toler would be a great option to start across the field from Samuel. He is a tackling machine, racking up 90 last season, and has his productive years ahead of him.
While Toler certainly doesn't have the star power of some of the big-name cornerbacks that are available this offseason, he is very fast with excellent tackling skills and should be good enough to step in immediately as a starting RCB.
Plus, the Eagles will likely also be able to land the Cardinals' first-round pick in addition to Toler.
With rookie Brandon Graham still recovering from a torn ACL and the aging Juqua Parker losing a step every season, the Eagles could certainly use a boost in the pass-rushing department.
After a breakout year in 2009, the massive pass-rushing defensive end Calais Campbell suffered a slump last season, only logging six sacks.
However, with a world-class defensive line coach like Jim Washburn, the Eagles have a chance to mold the 24-year-old Campbell into one monster of a defensive lineman.
If the Cardinals were willing to part ways with Campbell and a first-or-second-round pick, a deal between the two teams could certainly be possible.
Although the Eagles used the draft to add Casey Matthews, Brian Rolle and Greg Lloyd to their linebacker depth, there is still no clear-cut starter at any of the three positions.
By trading for inside linebacker Daryl Washington, the Eagles would suddenly have a very good situation at linebacker. The 24-year-old Washington has the skills to be an immediate starter, although he may need some time to adjust to the Eagles' 4-3 defense.
Since the Cardinals got a tremendous value in picking up inside linebacker Quan Sturdivant in the sixth round of this year's draft, they may be a little more inclined to let the talented, young Washington slip through their fingers.