The Kevin Kolb trade rumors are still alive and well after the NFL Draft Bonanza. The market was widdled down a little bit but there are still multiple teams who could use his services. Within the past few days, 2 reports have come out regarding a potential trade. The first came from Pro Football Weekly who mentioned Arizona and claimed the following:
The Eagles, sources told PFW, had a potential deal in place to trade QB Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals before the draft, but those plans changed when veterans were not allowed to be dealt. It’s very possible, however, that the Cardinals and Eagles could reignite those trade talks.
Then, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported that an unknown team has offered the Eagles a 2012 1st round pick.
The fact that the Cardinals did not select a QB in the draft has fueled speculation that they are the ultimate destination for Kolb. And remember, Larry Fitzgerald was quoted back in February as saying that Kolb was his first choice for a new QB (though he later retracted this).
The Cardinals do seem like the best possible landing place for Kolb. I’ve heard some chatter among Eagles fans wondering if there will be an eventual trade of Kolb for Arizona’s 1st round draft choice Patrick Peterson. In fact, that is what led me to write this article. The main logic behind this thought is that most Eagles fans believe cornerback is our most dire need yet we didn’t select one until the 3rd round (and used it on a player who is a long shot to contribute much in 2011). The Cardinals biggest need is QB but they didn’t address this in the draft either. Is this a match made in heaven?
Kolb for Peterson. Sounds great doesn’t it? It would work for both teams as they would both be getting players at positions they need. Is it a fair trade? Seems like a steep price for Arizona to pay. Well, one thought is that the Eagles could demand more for Kolb since he plays football’s most important position – read it as QB > CB. Another thought is that with Arizona being in the same conference, we would be trading them to a more direct competitor and therefore the price should be higher.
There have also been previous rumors and/or reports that the Eagles were setting the price tag on Kolb as two 1st rounders or a minimum of a 1st and 3rd round picks. If you believe that, then in essence this trade would be like sending Arizona a 1st and 3rd round pick for Peterson.
As great as all that sounds, this seems highly unlikely and is probably just wishful thinking by Eagles fans (myself included). The only chance of this actually happening is if the Pro Football Weekly report is 100% true and the deal was for Arizona’s 1st round pick. Then when they knew they couldn’t make the trade, another “handshake deal” was made that the Cardinals would select Peterson (if available) with the agreement that he would be traded for Kolb because that’s who the Eagles would have selected if they had that pick. Sounds like a little too much though, doesn’t it?
Furthermore, do you truly feel Kolb is worth the 5th overall pick in the draft? I just can’t fathom that. A mid to late 1st rounder yes but teams place an extremely high value on top 5 picks. He is certainly worth a 2012 1st rounder though so that’s the most likely compensation we’ll get in a deal (at least part of the package). There is also a good possibility that since they missed out on getting 2011 draft picks, the Eagles may want something that can help them this year so getting a player in return is definitely in the mix.
If you think that Kolb will go to Arizona and another player would be involved, the more likely scenario would be us getting DRC (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie). He is a young player (25 years old) and is a good starting CB (13 INT’s in 4 years). I could see this happening more-so than Peterson. But of course I’d rather have Peterson.
Other teams that still need a QB are Seattle, Miami, Buffalo, and Oakland. All of them could, or perhaps should, be considering a trade for Kolb’s services. And with all of the talk centering around Arizona, it is almost a sure bet that Kolb will not go there and end up with one of these other teams or a team nobody expected. Does anyone recall last year hearing a rumor about McNabb being traded to Washington? Most of the speculation and rumors were that he’d go to Minnesota, Arizona, San Fran, or St. Louis. The trade to the Redskins came out of left field so don’t be surprised when this one does too.
One thing we know, the Eagles are very good at keeping their biggest moves under wraps (1st round draft picks, trades, free agent signings, etc). I seriously wonder if someone within the Eagles organization purposely leaks rumors to throw off the hound dogs and create misdirection. They could have also leaked a rumor about receiving a 1st round draft pick offer for Kolb just to make other teams believe that’s where the bidding starts. Would the Eagles engage in such subterfuge? Absolutely. It’s good business strategy to garner the best value possible for your product.