One of the major storylines of the locked-out offseason has been where Kevin Kolb will land when the lockout finally ends, and in the four months of non-activity the Eagles’ backup quarterback has ascended to the status of an elixir for the handful of teams still needing a starter.
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora has reported for months it will take the equivalent of a first-round pick to pry Kolb from the Eagles, and he calls one of the teams widely believed to be in the hunt — the Cardinals — a “legitimate option” the team will explore. Even so, La Canfora is hearing from GMs around the league the Eagles might not get their asking price.
There’s also the factor that Kolb — who has seven career starts — is no lock to be a franchise quarterback.
“I think we just need to slow down (on Kolb),” said analyst Jamie Dukes. “Kolb did some nice things. But looking at his numbers, he’s done some bad things, too. There are some questions about durability, as well, with him. Before we get carried away … offering a first-round pick? I’m not convinced that’s something I would want to do. I’m just not convinced, right now, from what I’ve seen in his body of work (that you give up a ransom) because this is ‘the guy.'”
Dukes is on board with fellow analyst Bucky Brooks on the Kolb front. Keep in mind it will not only take a team convinced of Kolb’s ability and willing to pay the Eagles’ price to make this deal happen, but also one that will come up with a long-term contract to protect their investment. If not, as Michael Lombardi pointed out way back in March, the Eagles are in a position of leverage and in no rush to deal unless they get what they’re asking.
All of which would make this the most talked about non-move of the offseason.
– Frank Tadych