Kevin Kolb is going to be traded as soon as this aggravating lockout is finally over. The speculation on what the Eagles will receive has been all over the place. It started out with just a first round pick to several picks and now it is being reported that it could be a starter and an early round draft pick.
So what player would the Eagles receive? The Eagles have a few holes to fill and trading Kolb for a quality starter means that they will have one less player to overpay for in free agency.
What position will the Eagles be looking for in a trade? Right tackle, backup quarterback, cornerback, and defensive end seem to make the most sense but it is never a bad move to add a quality player at any position. There is no such thing in the NFL as too much depth.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromarite makes the most sense for the Eagles. He would start at a position that was the Eagles' biggest weakness in 2010 and his contract is very, very affordable.
The deal would make sense for the Cardinals as well. They need a quarterback badly. Another season like last season for the Cards will spell doom for several coaches and front office personnel and their jobs. Kevin Kolb is a better choice than a rookie quarterback as he has starting experience. Arizona has the offensive tools to move the ball consistently, they just need a quarterback to lead that offense.
The question is would Arizona actually give up a former first round pick and possibly another future draft pick for a quarterback who has never been a full time starter?
The answer is yes. Arizona is desperate. It's a sellers market for the Eagles' front office and they will set the price for Kolb, not Arizona or any other team. The Cardinals just drafted Patrick Peterson with the thinking that he will be replacing Rodgers-Cromartie in order for the Cards to obtain Kolb.
This deal could happen, it's just a matter of how much the Eagles' coaches like Rodgers-Cromartie or if they want to go another route at right cornerback.
Calais Campbell isn't the ideal fit for the Eagles on paper. He is a 3-4 defensive end, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't excel in the Eagles' 4-3 defense. Campbell is 6-8, 300 pounds and has an incredible wing span.
Ideally, Campbell would be moved all over the line playing defensive tackle in nickel packages and playing defensive end the rest of the time. Campbell has racked up 13 sacks and knocked down eight passes in the past two seasons. Those numbers would go up in a more pass rush friendly defensive line scheme that Jim Washburn is implementing in Philly.
The notion that 3-4 defensive ends can't turn into 4-3 lineman is absurd. The New Orleans Saints drafted Cameron Jordan, a 3-4 end from California with the same type of idea that I am suggesting for Campbell. Campbell would be a weapon for the defensive line. He would be a dynamic pass rushing defensive tackle on third and longs and could drop back in coverage every now and then as a defensive end and use his 36 inch wing span to cover up throwing lanes.
Campbell has the size and athleticism the wreak havoc on the line. He is impossible to match up against one-on-one and can play in any scheme.
The Philadelphia Eagles need a kick returner. The new rule that changed the yard line where teams kickoff from the 30 yard line to the 35 yard line will benefit any team with a dangerous return man. Leon Washington is one of the best in the game right now.
Leon Washington had three kick returns for touchdowns in 2010 and seven in his career. The Eagles are outstanding on punt returns and can take it to the house on any given punt. DeSean Jackson proved that in the new Meadownlands. Kickoff returns, however, are a whole other story. Getting past the 25 yard line is a major achievement for this unit. Washington would change that.
Washington can also contribute on offense as a backup to LeSean McCoy. Washington has a career rushing average of 4.7 yards per carry and 7.9 yards per reception.
The Seattle Seahawks definitely covet their star return man, but could part with Washington if it means they get a major upgrade at the most important position in football.
Vontae Davis would be the best move outside of Nnamdi Asomugha to upgrade the right cornerback spot in terms of ability alone. If you factor in a players worth and what their actual salary is, Davis might be the best move.
Davis is signed through 2013 and isn't slated to make more then $1.2 million a year. Davis is currently under contract with the Miami Dolphins and there haven't been any reports or speculation that Miami is shopping Davis.
Davis has been in the coaches' doghouse a couple times already in his career and has been benched for being late to meetings and practices. The Dolphins need a quarterback, as Chad Henne has yet to prove himself as a viable starter.
Davis is a legitimate starting corner in the NFL and it may take more than just Kolb in order for the Fins to be willing to part ways with their 2009 draft pick.
Ted Ginn Jr has been a major disappointment and his numbers have declined each season of his career. In his defense, he has played in two very dull offenses that make moving the football seem like brain surgery.
Ted Ginn Jr would not be traded for Kevin Kolb straight up, so the Eagles could still get a draft pick or two in the deal.
Ginn has big time return ability which would free up DeSean Jackson to focus more on becoming a complete receiver and also give the Eagles a good kickoff returner for the first time since Brian Mitchell. Ginn could also be another weapon in the passing offense and playing with Jackson and Jeremy Maclin could free him up to make a lot more plays then he did in San Francisco's offense.