One of the first names mentioned in most discussions regarding quarterbacks thought to be available via trade or free agency (eventually) during the offseason is Kevin Kolb. Most believe Kolb can be had at the right price — a going rate of a first-round pick, or perhaps the equivalent in a package including second-round picks.
While Kolb is a popular solution for teams — and increasingly linked to the Cardinals and Seahawks — is he the best option? Some view Kolb’s resume of seven career starts — including five last season — as a sound benchmark for his future potential. Skeptics suggest there are still plenty of unknowns regarding Kolb, especially given the expected investment required to pry him away from the Eagles.
“He has shown flashes in seven career games, but isn’t a lock to be a big-time quarterback in the league,” analyst Bucky Brooks said during a live chat. “While he has talent, I believe it will take him some time to fulfill his potential and that makes him a risky pick as a future franchise quarterback.”
Considering the overall risk, it’s also likely that any team willing to trade for Kolb wouldn’t do so without signing him to a long-term contract, making the investment that much greater. There’s no guarantee the Eagles even move Kolb, but he certainly comes with a certain amount of risk.