NFL Trade Buzz: Why the Eagles Should Trade Michael Vick Instead of Kevin Kolb

Alec BeckmanContributor IIIJuly 7, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles substitutes with team mate Kevin Kolb #4 against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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One of the most anticipated trades when the lockout for the NFL is over is the trade of Kevin Kolb. No one knows for sure where he'll be traded, when he'll be traded, or what kind of value the Eagles get in return, but it is imminent.

Is that the right move to benefit this franchise? The Eagles are about to trade a promising, undamaged quarterback at age 26, to ensure room for a 31-year-old scrambling QB that has a history of injuries and missed two years of football while in prison.  

While I, as well as many Eagles fans, have grown fond of Michael Vick, his style of play, and what he has done for the organization, I think it is time to think about defense and a Superbowl.  

"Defense wins championships" is the famous saying that couldn't ring any more true, and it is something the Eagles need to focus on.  The belief here is that trading Vick would give you more value, possibly a great, proven player or two.  With Kolb, you may get a nice player, maybe some good draft picks, but it is time to get a few stars on the defensive side of the ball.  

Kevin Kolb, though still somewhat unproven, has shown flashes of the great player that he can become.  In seven career starts, he has won NFC offensive player of the week three times.  While some might say he has put on horrific displays, he played with one of the most porous offensive lines in football last year, shown by being tied for second in most sacks allowed.  With the addition of Danny Watkins and Jamaal Jackson back in action, you will see a much improved Eagles O-line.



Every Superbowl winning quarterback, with the exception of Hall-of-Famer Steve Young, has strictly been a pocket passer.  Michael Vick plays a scrambling game that wears him down as the season goes on, as shown last year.

The fact that the Eagles would give up a promising 26-year-old quarterback with high potential to make room for a guy with four years at most left in the tank doesn't make much sense, especially since they could get more value for Vick.  

To win a Super Bowl, it would be better to have Kolb, which is why the Philadelphia Eagles should consider trading Vick as opposed to Kolb.


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