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The Philadelphia Eagles agreed on terms of a trade with the Arizona Cardinals that will send QB Kevin Kolb to Arizona in exchange for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick. According to Adam Caplan of FOX Sports, Kolb will also be getting a new deal.
The details: It's a five-year extension worth $63 million and $20 million guaranteed. That's about the going rate for a quarterback like Kolb as QB Matt Cassel received a reported six-year, $63 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs as a former backup two years ago.
The contract can't become official until Friday night when teams are permitted to sign players.
Kolb more than likely immediately becomes the starting quarterback for the Cardinals, despite only about six of time to prepare for the regular season opener. He has arguably the best receiver in the league -- WR Larry Fitzgerald -- on his side so there are weapons in place for him to succeed.
The Cardinals are only a couple of years removed from their Super Bowl run so with a competent quarterback I think this once again puts them in the conversation for division champs in the NFC West.
Check out Revenge Of The Birds to see what Cards fans are saying about the big deal.
The Kevin Kolb trade that has hung over the 2011 NFL offseason and free agency period like a bowling pin millimeters from dropping is finally complete. ESPN's John Clayton reports that the Kolb trade is done, and will send the Eagles quarterback to the Arizona Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick.
Kolb has been trade bait since Michael Vick's renaissance displaced him from the starting quarterback position in Philadelphia, and Arizona, in need of a quarterback of the future after a 2010 season marked by John Skelton and Derek Anderson struggling under center, was always the first partner named.
Flipping Kolb for Rodgers-Cromartie shores up the Eagles' secondary, which has been racked by injuries, and could give the Eagles a stellar trio of cornerbacks if Ellis Hobbs and Asante Samuel can stay healthy.
We all know there are plenty of NFL trade rumors surrounding Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb. With QB Michael Vick in place, the Eagles are believed to eventually be trading Kolb and, as of now (it's a fluid situation), the Arizona Cardinals are the smart bet on where he'll land.
With those rumors swirling, Kolb won't be reporting to Eagles training camp on Thursday whether a deal is in place or not, according to the Phiadelphia Inquirer.
Of course, a deal isn't done until it's done. There are a few moving parts that have held the trade up from being finalized, one being a contract extension for Kolb. He has one year left on his contract and the Cardinals would likely want to lock him up long-term after giving up so much in compensation.
It appears that Kolb leaving town is basically a foregone conclusion at this point so there's no point in him bringing the media circus to Eagles camp.
So we'll sit back and wait to see where he goes next. For the latest on that, check out Bleeding Green Nation who has been all over the Kolb trade talk.
The most popular player in 2011 NFL trade rumor season is none other than Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb. He's widely expected to be traded at some point this week now that the NFL lockout is over and trades are allowed. Reportedly, the Arizona Cardinals are at the top of the list.
This is one of those deals that makes too much sense not to happen. The Eagles will commit to QB Michael Vick and Kolb is simply too valuable not to get something for. I'd expect him to be traded and I'd expect it to be to Arizona.
The Cardinals are only a couple of years removed from the Super Bowl so they're not devoid of talent. In fact, they have a lot of talent but, as they learned last season, you need a quarterback to legitimately compete in the NFL. Bring Kolb in and have him throw to WR Larry Fitzgerald and the Cards could be talking playoffs again.
Trades were allowed to begin at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday morning. There were rumors that Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could be part of a possible deal but that's unclear. The Cardinals should be able to come up with the compensation necessary, whether that's a first round pick or Rodgers-Cromartie and a pick.
Check out Bleeding Green Nation for the latest on Kolb's future.
Recent NFL trade rumors have connected Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals, which makes sense given the Cardinals' ugly quarterback situation and Kolb's position behind Michael Vick on the Eagles' depth chart. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie might be the start of a good package in return. But only a start, says the Philadelphia Inquirer, who reports that Rodgers-Cromartie alone might not get the job done.
A deal centered on Kolb and Rodgers-Cromartie would make a lot of sense for both teams - the Eagles need a cornerback and don't have as much use for Kolb as other teams might, and the Cardinals need a quarterback and don't need Rodgers-Cromartie quite so badly after they drafted Patrick Peterson.
This deal will likely hinge on the Eagles' perception of Kolb's value. They know his talents the best, and they reportedly would want a secon- or third-round pick in addition to a starter like Rodgers-Cromartie.
The latest NFL trade rumor making the rounds involves -- who else? -- QB Kevin Kolb. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback will be one of the most sought after commodities on the trade market when the league year opens. Kolb is still under contract but, with QB Michael Vick in tow, it's believed that the Eagles will listen to offers for Kolb.
Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 in Arizona got the rumor started saying the Cardinals are prepared to make the deal and Les Bowen of the Philly Daily News doesn't think it's so crazy.
Obviously, the Eagles still aren't going to say anything about this. And I'm not sure why the Cards would, but I do know the lockout is close to ending. And the Eagles are going to trade Kolb. And Arizona is the most likely destination. And a starting-quality corner who has been chosen for the Pro Bowl (year before last) is something the Eagles could use.
It definitely makes sense on a couple of levels. The Eagles are prepared to make a Super Bowl run right now so a player -- instead of a draft pick -- may be a little more valuable.
SB Nation's Bleeding Green Nation has been all over this rumor for a while now. Here's their full analysis of this trade rumor last month.
We'll see what happens. The only thing we can assure you of now is that this won't be the last Kevin Kolb trade rumor that we hear.
A couple months ago we passed along a report indicating several scouts suggested they would give up a first round pick for Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb. That sounded about right considering Kolb will be the best quarterback option on the market whenever free agency hits.
Several GMs and personnel executives may disagree with the assessment that Kolb is worth a first round pick. The Boston Globe polled seven GMs and personnel executives and there was hardly a consensus on his value.
In an informal poll of seven general managers and personnel executives, four said Kolb was not worthy of a first-round pick, two said only if the team had no other options, and another said a late first-round pick could be justified.
There won't be many options once free agency hits. If you want a long-term fix at quarterback, Kolb is about your only option depending on the situation with QB Carson Palmer.
It's possible Kolb's value is similar to QB Matt Schaub, who was traded to the Houston Texans in March of 2007. Schaub, like Kolb, was a career backup with some promise. The Texans sent two second round picks to the Atlanta Falcons and armed Schaub with a new contract. This type of trade has been suggested before.
Ultimately, it will only take one team to make a move on Kolb and I think there will be someone out there who gives up a first round pick. If Kolb ends up being an above average starter, then a first round pick is easily worth it.
The overwhelming feeling at this point is that the Philadelphia Eagles will trade QB Kevin Kolb and his most likely destination is the Arizona Cardinals. The NFL lockout is still in full force, which means teams can't conduct trades, so this is all speculation at this point.
The concerns range from Kolb's career touchdown-to-interception ratio (11:14) as well as his yards per pass attempt in five starts in 2010. That number fell under seven yards per attempt and, until last season with Arizona's awful quarterback situation, the Cardinals have never averaged under seven yards per attempt under head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
It still appears that most are predicting Kolb will end up in Arizona but he won't come without some concerns. That said, he's clearly the best option on the market at this point and Arizona will either trade a first round pick for him or consider using a first round pick on a quarterback in the next draft.
For more on Kolb's future with the Eagles, check out Bleeding Green Nation.
If Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb isn't traded to the Arizona Cardinals once the NFL lockout is lifted then it would be an upset. Plenty of NFL reporters believe Kolb to the Cardinals will happen at some point. In fact, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports that Kolb to the Cardinals is a "slam dunk as much as you can have a slam dunk."
Depending on what the Cincinnati Bengals do with QB Carson Palmer, Kolb should be the most sought-after quarterback on the market. And with quarterback being the most important position on the field, teams will pay a hefty price to get their hands on one.
That's why Kolb, with a career 3-4 record as a starter, could be traded for a first round pick. In fact, it could be even more than a first round pick if two teams get into a bidding war over him.
Of course, the NFL lockout could affect Kolb's value (and of course it does since the lockout affects everything else). If this thing goes into August or September, it's hard to see someone giving up a first round pick for Kolb with only a few weeks to prepare him for the season. So there is still a lockout factor that could put a damper on any Kolb trade.
Check out Bleeding Green Nation to see more about what Eagles fans are saying about a Kolb trade.
We've been talking about the various teams who could be involved in a trade for Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb. So far it seems the Arizona Cardinals are the favorite but there are a number of other teams who could be looking for a quarterback.
One of those teams is the Miami Dolphins. They have enough talent to be legitimate playoff contenders so you would think they'd be in on the trade rumors surrounding Kolb.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, that may not be the case.
Besides the fact Miami doesn't want to trade a future No. 1 pick when the lockout ends, one Dolphins official expressed skepticism about whether Kevin Kolb's body of work is enough to justify such compensation (seven career starts; 11 touchdowns; 14 interceptions).
This is very true but you also have to remember that quarterbacks with a proven track record are A.) generally not available through trade and B.) much more expensive than Kolb will be.
The Dolphins have most often been connected to QB Carson Palmer. Jackson's colleague, Armando Salguero, has been banging that drum for some time.
Check out The Phinsider to see what Dolphins fans are saying about their future at quarterback.
I say that because there's some chatter that the template that will be used if the Philadelphia Eagles trade Kolb is the Schaub trade from the Atlanta Falcons to Houston Texans four years ago. That included the Texans sending the Falcons two second round picks (and swapping first round picks) as well as signing Schaub to an eight-year, $48 million contract.
Kolb is in a situation eerily similar to that of Schaub in 2007. Kolb turns 27 in August, and Like Schaub, he's playing behind Vick. Like Schaub, Kolb's team wants to trade him. Like Schaub, Kolb is unproven. He's played in 19 games in four years, including seven starts over the last two.
So it makes sense then that the template for a Kolb trade would be the one that was used for Schaub.
If the price was actually two second round picks, I think the Cardinals would be interested. In fact, I don't think the Cardinals would be the only team interested and, as we've learned, the more teams honing in on one player the higher the price goes.
So I would be somewhat surprised if just two second round picks was the price. In a market like this where player movement is minimized due to the lockout, I could see Kolb's price tag being driven higher, to a package that includes a first round pick.
Check out Bleeding Green Nation for more on the Eagles plans of trading Kolb.
For the last few months many 2011 NFL mock drafts had the Arizona Cardinals selecting QB Blaine Gabbert at the fifth overall pick. Draft weekend has come and gone and the Cardinals did not select a quarterback making some think that the chances of them landing QB Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles has increased.
ESPN's Adam Schefter noted that, while the lockout was briefly lifted last week, it's possible the Cardinals discussed a trade with the Eagles. He also notes that the Cardinals opted to pass on Gabbert which tells him the Cardinals think they can find a way to get a Kolb trade done.
The move makes sense for both teams.
From Arizona's perspective, they have the talent in place to compete right now. They had a poor 2010 season but that was with little quarterback help so they'll be in the market for someone. Whether it's Kolb or another veteran is the question.
From Philadelphia's perspective, if they ever want to get compensation for Kolb, now's the time. He's entering the final year of his deal and they can't sign both him and QB Michael Vick to long-term deals.
Whether this gets done may come down to the timing of the lockout. If the work stoppage moves into August or September, Kolb may now have enough time to switch teams and learn a new offense in order to effectively run it.
The target of everyone's favorite trade rumor is back in the news. Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb expects to be one of the highlights of the offseason if we can ever end the lockout and get back to business. With QB Michael Vick already in-house, plenty of folks expect the Eagles to trade Kolb.
The asking price is reportedly starting at a first round. And the most likely team to deal for him, at the moment, is the Arizona Cardinals. This coming on Tuesday night from ESPN's Adam Schefter, who says Kolb will be dealt and the Cards are the leaders in the clubhouse right now.
This is no surprise to Eagles fans at Bleeding Green Nation. Following the draft, they ranked the teams most likely to make a move for Kolb and the Cardinals sat at the top.
The Cardinals didn't select a QB in the 2011 draft, which means their gaping hole at QB remains intact. Rumors have it that the Cardinals have interest in Marc Bulger. If that's the case, have fun in the basement of the terrible NFC West, Cards. In other words, I don't buy it.
Of course, nothing can go down during the lockout. Any talks and rumors can't be put into place until that's lifted and the league year is back to normal.
There can't be any trades while the NFL lockout is going on but that hasn't stopped media folks from speculating on what might happen if/when the lockout is lifted. One of the topics of conversation is QB Kevin Kolb trade rumors. The Philadelphia Eagles QB is under contract but, with QB Michael Vick in the fold, it's believed the Eagles will look long and hard at trading Kolb.
What would the cost of such a move be? Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 reports that three of four scouts he's talked to would give up a first round pick for him.
The obvious caveat?
Scouts aren't the final decision-maker on personnel moves....but that doesn't mean they're not informed. A Kolb trade could also require a new contract, which would be a risky move considering he hasn't done much on the field. SB Nation's Bleeding Green Nation wonders if a new contract for Kolb would really be necessary.
He's on a team friendly deal right now and while I'm sure his agents would like him to get paid before he proves whether or not he can play over the course of a whole season, he's never given the indication that he's the kind of guy that would hold out. Especially not when his opportunity to prove himself has finally arrived.
The draw of being a starter is a big one but is it big enough for Kolb to forgo a shot at being a starter? I'm not so sure, as BGN suggests.
This will continue to be in the news and rumors will be floating around. Unfortunately, until the NFL lockout is lifted, it's just that -- rumors.
For more on a possible Kolb trade, check out Bleeding Green Nation.
"You can figure if there's a quarterback that a number of teams are interested in, you're going to end up with some meaningful compensation," Banner said Monday during a break in the NFL owners' meetings at a New Orleans hotel. "You can kind of figure out what that means and speculate from there. That's the situation we're in."
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