As great as the deal was, they should have never gone through with it if Vince Young was their best option as a backup.
Of course not.
They wouldn't do it because they would not have anyone to step in as a starting quarterback.
Clearly Kolb is not on the same level as Manning, so spare me from pointing out the obvious. The example simply serves as a way to prove you don't always make a trade because you are getting the better of it.
The Eagles were lured in by getting a Pro Bowl cornerback who is set to make $950,000 in 2011 and a second-round pick.
Step back for a minute and see what the trickle-down effect is.
The Eagles were sent scrambling to find someone who will backup Michael Vick when he goes down with an injury or needs time to heal late in the season.
There's a big problem though. The market for a backup quarterback is putrid.
It was so bad that people tossed around Brett Favre as a possibility. And when the Eagles finally signed Vince Young the response was, "Who else were they going to get?"
If they kept Kolb no one would have to ask that question.
Yes, the trade filled a need at cornerback. But the last time I checked they could have addressed that need through free agency by signing Nnamdi Asomugha or Johnathan Joseph.
The Eagles would have lost out a second-round pick by not trading Kolb, while they would have upgraded their backup quarterback and cornerback.
I understand people will think it's nuts to get bent out of shape over a backup.
The backup is huge in this scenario when you consider Vick's health last season and how poor the offensive line played.
The position takes on more importance when you consider Kurt Warner, Tom Brady, Trent Dilfer, Jeff Hostetler, Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Plunkett and Doug Williams were all backups the year their team won the Super Bowl.
Instead, the Eagles are left with an underachieving, heartless quarterback to rally the troops.