The NFL lockout seems to be closer to ending, and when it is lifted, there is sure to be a free-agent feeding frenzy.
Despite the lockout, Kevin Kolb has been the free agent that has gotten the most press. The Philadelphia quarterback seems expendable with the return to form of Michael Vick, and the Eagles are listening.
Here is a list of the latest rumors that are swirling as the lockout nears an end.
CBS Sports has suggested that at least five NFL teams are interested in the services of Kevin Kolb. This is not shocking because out of all the available quarterbacks on the market, Kolb has the most to offer.
He is still young and has looked good in limited appearances for the Eagles. He does not have any off-the-field baggage and this will make him a huge target for QB-needy teams.
Kolb has requested a trade from his current team, but head coach Andy Reid would not mind if he stuck around.
In an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, Reid had this to say:
"You have an idea of who's interested in quarterbacks, but you couldn't do any deals then. You never got to that point where it's real serious; it was too far in advance...and you can't talk at all now. So, if he ends up going somewhere, more power to him, he deserves that opportunity. But I also like him here."
That is exactly what a head coach should say about a player that is currently on the roster. However, the writing is on the wall and Michael Vick is the quarterback of the Eagles. Unless something drastic happens, Kolb will suit up for a different team this season.
Out of all the teams in the NFL that are in need of a quarterback, the Arizona Cardinals seem to be the team that is pursuing Kolb the hardest.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic has backed up that rumor. According to the article, once the lockout is lifted, the Cardinals will pursue Kolb.
This move makes sense for the Cardinals because they have plenty of talent on the team and could become a playoff team if they add Kolb to the roster to start the season.
Another team that has shown some interest in Kolb is the Seattle Seahawks. Last year, Matt Hasselbeck led the Seahawks to the postseason, but he is a free agent and Pete Carroll may be looking to head in a younger direction.
ESPN's Mike Sando does not think that the Seattle Seahawks will pursue Kolb, and instead will look to build a better supporting cast. Sano is a Seattle guy and has good information, but the Seahawks should be at least curious to see what the Eagles would be willing to take.
The Cleveland Browns are currently going through a youth movement and they are ready to compete now.
Colt McCoy is the young gunslinger that is the future of the Browns, but USA Today points out an interesting connection. Former Eagles GM Tom Heckert is in the front office with the Browns and he could take a look at adding Kolb to the roster.
Kevin Kolb has been tied to many teams in the rumor mill leading up to free agency. The Tennessee Titans are supposedly trading Vince Young, the 49ers are getting sick of Alex Smith and the Redskins are ready to move McNabb.
Although many teams are in need of a quarterback, according to NFL.com, only two teams are in the race for Kolb.
While anything can happen, a trade to either the Cardinals or the Seahawks would automatically make them a favorite to win the West.
The NFL lockout is still not officially over, but Kolb is still the hottest quarterback in the market. The rumor updates will only get louder once the lockout ends, but it remains uncertain as to where this Eagle will land.
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