Kevin Kolb Trade: Andy Reid and Larry Fitzgerald Trick Arizona Cardinals

WesAnalyst IJuly 28, 2011

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #29 of the Arizona Cardinals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The greatest trick Andy Reid and Larry Fitzgerald ever pulled was convincing the Arizona Cardinals Kevin Kolb is a franchise quarterback.

Somehow the Cardinals' front office bought it, and they sent the Eagles 2009 Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick for a quarterback who has started seven games in four years, thrown for 2,082 yards and 11 touchdowns against 14 picks, according to

The report reveals the Cardinals believed Reid and Fitzgerald enough to give Kolb a five-year $63 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.

DRC, as he was known in Arizona and now Philadelphia, is a proven cornerback who has only played three years in the NFL and will only be paid $950,000 in 2011, according to

As of now there are no reports about the Eagles re-working his deal, but that could change in an instant considering everything that has transpired this offseason.

The trade, from the Eagles perspective, fills a huge void at cornerback opposite Asante Samuel and leaves the Eagles with enough money to address other issues on the team, including DeSean Jackson's holdout.

The deal gets even better with the second-round pick, which could land the Eagles an overall pick in the mid-30s if the Cardinals struggle like they did last year.

Obviously the addition of Kolb would suggest Arizona won't be as bad, but if Kolb goes belly up in year one with the Cardinals, the Eagles will have struck gold.