Philadelphia Eagles: Is It Wise to Trade Kevin Kolb?

Josh McCainSenior Writer IMay 26, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys on January 2, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles' brass are asking a steep price for their quarterback with only a handful of starts.

Personally I think any team thinking about giving up a first round pick for Kevin Kolb has more than quarterback issues, they've got front office issues.

That, however, is beside the point.

Before the lockout the Eagles were hoping to snag an extra first round pick in this year's draft in exchange for Kolb.

Of course the Eagles never really had a chance to negotiate a deal for Kolb between the end of the season and the start of the lockout.

Once the lockout began, hopes of having an extra 2011 first round pick were gone.

So with Kevin Kolb entering the final year of his contract, the Eagles are less likely to get what they want for him.

After all, the teams that would be interested in Kolb are not a quarterback away from making a big splash, so why not wait a year and grab him in free agency?  That way the team would at least be able to keep their first round pick for 2012.

With that said, if the Eagles won't get what they're asking for Kolb, why trade him?

As the starter last season, Michael Vick showed that with his tendency to run and not slide, he'll get injured. 

The Eagles were a favorite to make it to the Super Bowl last season and have a very good shot at it this season.

Why mortgage that chance with a quarterback that has a high risk of injury?

Sure they'll probably lose out on a draft pick if they keep Kolb one more season, but if having him spot start for an injured Vick wins them a game or two that could possibly nab home field advantage, isn't that worth it?

The modern NFL is all about winning now, and having the combination of Vick and Kolb under center gives the Eagles their best chance of winning.

If I were Andy Reid, I'd rather have Kolb as my insurance policy in case Vick gets injured again than an unproven backup.