NFL Trade Rumors: Why Trading for Kevin Kolb Would Be Terrible Move for Browns
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Far be it from me to argue with Mike Lombardi, the NFL Network's expert on personnel, but I gotta disagree with him on this one.
Lombardi recently told an Arizona radio station that instead of the 49ers or Cardinals or Seahawks or any of the other clubs Kolb's been linked to, another club is where he'll end up.
"I'm going to go Cleveland....I'm not buying the Colt McCoy love affair going on in Cleveland. I don't know how you can have the love affair. I think with the extra pick they got from Atlanta that first rounder is going to be hard to beat them in a poker game. I think it's a smart move for them it fits what they want to do offensively."
I agree that one year doesn't make a career....and half a decent season certainly doesn't make McCoy a "franchise quarterback."
But Kolb is far from a franchise quarterback himself and he's not exactly an overwhelmind physical specimen either. Sure he could be, as early as next year, but he still has yet to start more than five games in a single season--by contrast, McCoy started eight as a rookie. And McCoy is also under contract through 2013 (Kolb is a free agent after 2011) and has a yearwith Ben Watson, Mohammad Massaquio, and Brian Robieski under his belt.
There may be no guarantee for young quarterbacks anymore--the Panthers taking Cam Newton after just one season with Jimmy Clausen may have proved that. But considering the job he did in Cleveland and his popularity there--and the chance that they could get a star in Andrew Luck in the 2012 Draft should McCoy not have a good showing this season--I think he deserves another year as the starter.
And make no mistake about it, if the Browns trade a first or second rounder for Kolb, they will hand him the job no matter what the front office says about a "competition."
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