If you’re putting a board together of all the quarterbacks thought to be available in free agency or via a trade this offseason, I think the first person every team is looking at is Kevin Kolb.
Kolb gives you the biggest upside among all the quarterbacks, and acquiring him would be like drafting a franchise quarterback, except he’s more of a known commodity. He’s played well in the games he’s played, showing he can make every throw.
The other thing in Kolb’s favor is that Andy Reid saw enough in him that he traded away Donovan McNabb. Ultimately, Michael Vick took over, but Reid traded McNabb because he felt good about Kolb. Knowing Reid and the way he assesses talent, you have to feel good about Kolb. He’s still young, has upside, and is a guy you can build around for a long time.
I’m not convinced there’s enough of a book on Kolb because we haven’t seen him in enough situations, but I am convinced there’s enough to see he’ll be successful to some degree at the NFL level because he’s shown he can be. The book is limited, but there are a few pages there to be more comfortable with what it might cost to get him.
The other intriguing name out there is Carson Palmer‘s. It’s a different conversation, but I think he probably gives teams the best chance to win right now.
Palmer is a known commodity who still brings a lot to the table. You can put the ball in his hands because he’s been in the situations in which he’s won games with his arm. Plus, he has enough of an upside remaining that I think physically he can still play as well as he’s ever played if he’s in the right system.
The success of the rest of the guys out there will be more about getting the right fit within a system. Donovan McNabb struggled a little bit in a new system last year. Matt Hasselbeck is toward the end of his career but still brings a lot to the table and is a good leader. But it has to be the right system. It’s the same thing for Marc Bulger.
I think they’re all intriguing for different reasons, but it really comes down to what teams are looking for and who fits best into what they want to do. That answer will be different for different teams.
– Kurt Warner