Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter introduced the idea that several NFC West teams would be interested in acquiring Kevin Kolb via trade this offseason. After looking at the three teams in the NFC West that don't have Sam Bradford, Gregg Rosenthal of ProFootballTalk has come to the conclusion that the most likely landing spot for Kolb could be the Seattle Seahawks, a playoff team at 7-9 in 2010.
The Seahawks reportedly had major interest in Kolb last offseason, and he would seem to be a smug fit for their west-coast offense. Last year, the Eagles chose to retain the now 26-year-old quarterback, leaving the Seahawks to acquire Charlie Whitehurst from the San Diego Chargers instead. Now, with Matt Hasselbeck set to become a free agent and the support behind Whitehurst somewhat tepid, Pete Carroll and the Seahawks could once again come calling for Kolb's services.
"I think they will go after Kolb because they view him as a franchise QB," said Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune Tuesday. "So that's what I'm suspecting, I just don't know if they will give up the draft picks it will take to get him, considering they already gave up draft picks to get Whitehurst."
Because the Seahawks advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs with their upset win over the New Orleans Saints, they own the 25th pick in the first two rounds of this April's draft. Last year, the Seahawks swapped second-round picks with the Chargers (No. 40 and No. 60) and added a third-round pick to acquire Whitehurst.
Rumors swirling in Indianapolis at the Scouting Combine last week indicated that there was heavy interest across the league for Kolb. The other two NFC West teams that could be interesting in acquiring a franchise quarterback both have top-10 picks in the first round. The Arizona Cardinals select fifth overall, and the San Francisco 49ers have the seventh pick.
The Eagles could very well choose to retain Kolb's services to be perhaps the league's best backup quarterback behind Michael Vick. And of course, Kolb cannot be traded anywhere until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached and a new league year begins.
*-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 11:08 a.m., March 8 *