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Running Down The Potential Kolb Suitors

Under the governing rules at the moment, no players can be traded during the draft. But even with a slew of quarterback prospects entering the league, there will assuredly be teams left without a truly promising young quarterback of the future by weekend's end. For those teams, Kolb could end up as a target whenever trades are allowed. Of course, it's well within reason that the Eagles could choose to retain Kolb as Michael Vick's backup, knowing that they have a starting-caliber No. 2 capable of stepping in and running the offense at a moment's notice. But if teams come calling offering an impressive bounty, the Eagles are willing to listen.

Here's a list of the teams that face a tenuous quarterback situation at the moment that could end up with Kolb on their wish list. Be sure to pay attention to the next couple rounds of the draft to see if players like Arkansas' Ryan Mallett, TCU's Andy Dalton or Nevada's Colin Kaepernick end up on a team on this list - likely removing that team from contention for the Eagles' quarterback.

Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals passed on a quarterback with the No. 5 overall selection Thursday night, opting for the top cornerback in the draft in LSU's Patrick Peterson. Last year, rookies Max Hall and John Skelton handled the majority of the signal-calling with little success. The Cardinals hold the sixth pick in the second round.

Buffalo Bills - This isn't the ideal fit, as the Bills were very happy with the performance of veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2010. But Fitzpatrick probably isn't a long-term answer, and it's possible they could be in the market for more of a down-the-road solution with the second pick in the second round. As a potential Kolb suitor, the Bills are a longshot.

Cincinnati Bengals - Carson Palmer has been firm in his declaration that he will retire from football if he's not traded or released by the Bengals. But Bengals owner Mike Brown hasn't wavered from his stance on keeping the former No. 1 overall pick. The Bengals chose the top wide receiver in the draft, Georgia's A.J. Green, in the first round, which could entice Palmer to return. If not, and the Bengals don't select a quarterback with the third pick of the second round, they could find themselves as suitors for Kolb.

Cleveland Browns - The Browns like their young quarterback Colt McCoy, but they need to be mentioned because of the Kolb connection. Former Eagles general manager Tom Heckert is the one who picked Kolb back in 2007, and new head coach Pat Shurmur was Kolb's position coach for a season. This is an unlikely match, but possible.

Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins showed their lack of confidence in Chad Henne when they benched the former Michigan Wolverine in favor of Chad Pennington last season. Though Henne remains the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, they've been rumored to be interested in selecting a quarterback early in the draft. But after selecting Mike Pouncey with the 15th overall pick, the Dolphins now find themselves without a second-rounder, though they could try to trade back into the round. If they don't find a rookie, the Dolphins could make sense for Kolb, as they believe they have a ready-made contender.

Oakland Raiders - The Raiders were rumored to be interested in trading into the back end of the first round for a quarterback (perhaps Nevada's Colin Kaepernick) last night, but it's possible they could find themselves out of luck with the 16th pick in the second round. If they draw the short straw tonight, Al Davis could end up making a play for Kolb.

San Francisco 49ers - The Niners passed on Blaine Gabbert with the seventh overall pick Thursday night in favor of Missouri pass rusher Aldon Smith. New head coach Jim Harbaugh has said that he feels confident in the team moving forward with former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith under center, but they can't be ruled out. The Niners have the 13th pick in the second round.

Seattle Seahawks - Coming off a division championship season and with Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst in tow, the Seahawks may seem like an unlikely match for Kolb. But Pete Carroll and his staff were reportedly very interested in acquiring Kolb last offseason when the Eagles' quarterback wasn't on the market. If they're still enamored of Kolb, they'd certainly be willing to pull the trigger on a deal. They were considered a sleeper candidate to pick a quarterback in the first round (they opted for Alabama offensive tackle James Carpenter), but they'll probably find themselves too far down the line for a second-round quarterback with the 25th pick in the round.

Washington Redskins - They wouldn't trade for an Eagles quarterback again would they? Almost certainly not, but the Redskins do face a likely opening at the most important position on the field and it's at least worth considering the possibility that they'd fall in love with Kolb. The Redskins were thought to be in the market for a rookie quarterback with their 10th overall pick, but they traded out of the slot - allowing the Jacksonville Jaguars to select Blaine Gabbert - and chose Purdue pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan. It's important to note that the Redskins have both the ninth and 17th pick of the second round, so they have the ammunition to move up for a player if they so desire.

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