Kevin Kolb is more important to the Eagles than many people realize. He was able to keep the team afloat for two pivotal games during last season against the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers while starter Michael Vick was out with a rib injury. With Vick’s unconventional style of play, it is vital for the team to have a legitimate backup as insurance. The dropoff from Kolb to current third stringer Mike Kafka is severe, even though we haven’t seen much of Kafka.
Because of this, it’s very important that they get the proper compensation that will ensure they are ready to win this year.
Draft picks are very important for the future, and I’m sure whatever deal is made with Kolb will involve them. However, it’s probably even more important that they get a legitimate player in the mix as well. It’s been rumored that Arizona cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be involved in a deal that will send Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals.
If it came down to taking two second round picks for Kolb or Rodgers-Cromartie and say a 5th rounder, I would easily take Rodgers-Cromartie and the pick. First and foremost, the Eagles have had success finding later round picks such as Trent Cole, Brent Celek, and Jamar Chaney, who seems to be a consensus 2011 breakthrough player in the Eagles community.
Not only that, but the Eagles need a major upgrade in their secondary. With Nate Allen coming off a knee injury, Quintin Mikell as a free agent, and no solid presence at right cornerback, the secondary could do wonders with Rodgers-Cromartie. You can make an argument that the most inconsistent position last season on the defense was right cornerback, which was inhabited by Dimitri Patterson and Joselio Hanson. Trevard Lindley and 2011 third round pick Curtis Marsh will also be in the fold going into next season as well.
Rodgers-Cromartie has the better skill-set and potential than probably all of the cornerbacks not named Asante Samuel combined. He certainly saw his fair share of committing penalties last year, but his age, height, and speed make up for the fact and justify adding him to the secondary. He’s averaged approximately five interceptions over the last three seasons and has the capability to take them the distance as well.
With new defensive line coach Jim Washburn expected to revitalize the pass rush this season, increased pressure on the quarterback could even bolster Rodgers-Cromartie’s production.
The only excuse that the Eagles will have for not addressing the cornerback position in the Kevin Kolb trade is if they decide to make a play for Nnamdi Asomugha. However, salary cap implications may limit the Eagles’ commitment, even though Asomugha has said he’d be willing to take a paycut to join a contender.
Catch Wes Holt's counter-argument here