NFL Trade Rumors: Kevin Kolb for Draft Picks Benefits Philadelphia Eagles More

WesAnalyst IJuly 26, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Everyone expected Kevin Kolb to be one of the first moves when the NFL lockout was lifted.

As it turned out everyone was wrong.

Before you push the panic buttons allow this thing to play out and try to answer the following question: Would you rather see the Eagles trade Kolb for draft picks or do you want him moved in exchange for a player ready to make an impact this year?

I'll answer that question with my own question: Why not do both?

The Eagles will most likely get a first-round pick from Arizona.

Seeing how the Cardinals butchered the opportunity to win the NFC West last year, it's clear they are capable of finishing the 2011 season with a poor enough record to land the Eagles a top-10 pick in the 2012 draft even with Kolb under center.

The truth about Kolb is we have no idea who good or bad he will play as a full-time starter.

But taking a small risk to pass on someone like Arizona cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could have a huge reward.

And thanks to the new rookie salary reductions in the CBA the Eagles won't have to spend a fortune if and when they select someone early in the draft.

Plus, are you really in love with Rodgers-Cromarite?

He's soft, hates to hit, and showed he can mail it during games.

That does sound like someone who the Eagles absolutely need on this team right now.  

Yes, Rodgers-Cromartie fills a void at corner opposite Asante Samuel and he's obviously better than anyone on the roster right now. The Eagles can easily fill the hole by waiting for free agency to open and signing Cincinnati cornerback and free agent Jonathan Joseph.

Or the Eagles may decide to make a splash in free agency and overspend for Oakland cornerback and free agent Nnamdi Asomugha while filling the remaining needs with role players.

Suddenly the Eagles are ready to win this year thanks to playing the free agency market skillfully and set themselves up for next year's draft by trading Kolb for a first-round pick.

Mike Wasserson argues that DRC is instead the ideal option here