By FRANK WARD
A week ago, Larry Fitzgerald mentioned Kevin Kolb as someone he hopes the Cardinals go out and get for him this offseason. This week, on WIP, Kolb didn’t do anything to deflect that talk. Thanks to Yardbarker for the scoop.
“If he’s not the best than he’s one of the best WRs in the NFL, a superstar, for a guy like that to say something about me it means a lot. Awful flattering and if something happens I hope their name comes up.”
While Kolb rightfully wants to be dealt since he’s staring at another season of playing backup on the Eagles and he’s not getting any younger, don’t bank seeing the Eagles No. 4 anywhere else.
Yes, it’d be the right thing to do for Kolb. Sure, some pundits such as SI.com’s Don Banks think the Eagles must move Kolb for strategical reasons.
But, it doesn’t make sense. Not right now, anyway.
First, there is no CBA going forward. Therefore, you don’t know what the rules will be. You do not know if the franchise tag will absolutely exist. Basically, you don’t know for a fact that Michael Vick is guaranteed to be an Eagle.
Second, even if he is, you need a solid backup in the NFL and especially if a guy like Vick is your starter. Dude is small and gets hit too much. We all saw injuries catch up to him this year.
As a result, you need to make sure you have a guy with some NFL experience who is comfortable and capable of performing in your system. Without a CBA, the Eagles can’t find someone to replace Kolb. Say a new deal isn’t struck until June or July. Then, you would have a few weeks to find someone and train him in your offense. Unless Koy Detmer comes out of retirement, forget about that.
Even if the Eagles were offered a first round pick straight up for Kolb, the chances of them making the deal are not as great as some think they would or should be.