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Kolb Will Accept Backup Role If Needed

"I'll go to work as a backup if that happens," Kolb told Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "That'll be my job. That's a possibility. I hope it doesn't happen."

Kolb has spent the offseason putting himself through two-hour workouts at Glen Rose High School near his home of Granbury, Tx. four days a week.

Head coach Andy Reid told PhiladelphiaEagles.com prior to the owners meetings in New Orleans that the team had been listening to offers for Kolb. Soon after, reports that teams like Cincinnati and Arizona, each with a top five pick in the upcoming draft, were interested in Kolb. Team president Joe Banner said that the market for Kolb was greater than the one a year ago for Donovan McNabb.

However, the labor situation has prevented the Eagles from pulling a trigger on a deal. In fact, the Eagles are not allowed to even discuss deals involving players at this point.

If the labor situation is resolved after the draft, Reid said at the owners meetings that the Eagles would consider 2012 draft picks for Kolb. But it could also be in the team's best interest to keep Kolb in Philadelphia as the backup to Vick.

In the last two seasons, Kolb has started five games due to quarterback injury (2009 - vs. New Orleans, vs. Kansas City; 2010 - at San Francisco, vs. Atlanta, at Tennessee) and won three of them while earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors twice. Kolb wants the chance to prove himself as a full-time starter, but trusts that head coach Andy Reid will do the right thing.

"I want to be starting somewhere next year. I really want to be," Kolb says. "I'm in my fifth year now, so it's time to prove myself as a starter. Andy and I have a great relationship. It's always, 'You tell your side, and I'll tell mine, and hopefully we can make this thing work.' That's usually what happens. I know he'll do the right thing here."

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