Of course, the question was asked regarding quarterback
NFL Network's Charley Casserly, a two-time Super Bowl-champion general manager, believes that with the NFL Draft now in the rear-view mirror Kolb's trade value has only increased. Casserly believes the Eagles should receive more than a first-round pick for the veteran quarterback.
Casserly's reasoning is simple.
"If you don't have (a quarterback), you can't play," he said.
Four teams used a first-round pick this year on a quarterback who has never thrown an NFL pass. Kolb has already won two NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards. The most recent was last season in his masterful three-touchdown performance in a rout of the eventual AFC South-champion Falcons. Another team, the 49ers, dealt a second-round pick, a fourth-round pick and a fifth-round pick for a rookie second-round quarterback.
Look back in recent years at what teams have done to get a quarterback. The Jets traded a first-round pick, a second-round pick and three veteran players in 2009 for Mark Sanchez, who at the time had never thrown an NFL pass and had limited college experience. Baltimore dealt a first, a third and a sixth in 2008 for rookie Joe Flacco, who didn't even finish his college career at a Division I school.
Kolb is only 26 years old and already has NFL wins under his belt. With the time needed for a rookie quarterback to learn a new scheme potentially limited by the work stoppage, it will be a plus for a team to have a veteran who can come in and know what it takes to lead a team immediately.
Where will Kolb end up exactly? NFL Network's panel of experts took their shot at the landing spot for Kolb:
Casserly: "Clearly Arizona is at the top of the list, Seattle is a close second ... Arizona was in the playoffs two years ago with a veteran quarterback and they have a Hall of Fame wide receiver in Larry Fitzgerald."
Pat Kirwan: "The longer the lockout goes, the more valuable Kolb is to a team because he has experience, particularly in a West Coast offense. Ultimately, he will likely be with an NFC West team that gave up a first-round pick, a later-round pick and a veteran player."
Bucky Brooks: "Although Seattle and San Francisco would also be good landing spots, Arizona seems like the right place for Kolb to take his game to the next level."
Vic Carucci: "The Cardinals have enough of the right pieces to jump back into contention except for one: Quarterback. The Cardinals have absolutely no answer at quarterback. That hardly puts them in exclusive company, but it will motivate them to be fairly aggressive in making a trade to acquire Kolb."
Charles Davis: "Seahawks would love to have a veteran quarterback with minimal mileage and some nice NFL production in the fold."
Steve Wyche: "The Eagles are about winning championships, so they won't move him unless they get a primo offer. That said, Arizona and Seattle seem set to get into the sweepstakes, with the Cardinals poised to possibly throw out the biggest deal."
Michael Lombardi: "That pick acquired by Cleveland (Atlanta's first-round in 2012) might be the one needed to acquire Kevin Kolb and reunite him with the man who was responsible for drafting him, Browns general manager Tom Heckert."