He's not working out this weekend at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but NFL general managers and coaches are talking quite a bit about Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb and whether or not he will be traded this offseason.
First and foremost, no players can be traded until the Collective Bargaining Agreement is resolved. Draft picks, however, can still be swapped. The timing of the CBA will certainly factor into what happens with Kolb. Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com, who is a frequent guest on Eagles Live!, believes Kolb will be traded if a new CBA situation is agreed upon before the draft.
Of course, if the draft takes place before the CBA situation is fixed, teams who have the quarterback position listed as a need may select their new signal-caller. However, there is arguably more demand than supply from this year's draft. Mike Mayock ranks Blaine Gabbert as the top quarterback available. Jake Locker, No. 2 on Mayock's list, had a rocky senior year at Washington and has questions about his accuracy. Cam Newton won the Heisman, but how long will it take to turn him into a pro-style quarterback? Arkansas' Ryan Mallett has the physical tools, but there are a lot of off-the-field concerns.
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com reports from the Combine that he expects the Eagles to receive so many offers for Kolb that there will be one that "they can't refuse." Kolb has proven that he can win in the NFL, is ready to be a starting quarterback and is entering the prime of his career at 26 years old.
What could the Eagles get for Kolb? Last year, the Eagles got an early-second and a fourth for Donovan McNabb. In 2004, the Eagles traded A.J. Feeley for a second-round pick, but even Judge noted that Kolb is a much better prospect than Feeley. A couple of years ago, the Falcons were able to get a flip of first-round picks and two second-round picks for backup Matt Schaub. Remember who the starter was back then for Atlanta? Michael Vick.
Kolb has stated that he wants to be a starting quarterback whether it's here or elsewhere. Head coach Andy Reid still believes Kolb has a bright future here in Philadelphia. Kolb has one year left on his contract, which was extended last offseason. The Eagles placed the exclusive version of the franchise tag on Vick for 2011.
According to Judge, league sources told him that the Eagles "can and will get what it demands for Kolb" mostly because Kolb "is better than what's available in the draft."
Again, it all depends whether the Eagles are interested in moving Kolb and when the CBA get situated. Until then, everything is simply speculation.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:00 p.m., February 27