Fanhouse reported today that the Philadelphia Eagles plan to franchise tag All-Pro quarterback Michael Vick this offseason, to put him under contract for the 2011-2012 season. Also, Fanhouse reported that the Eagles will listen to offers regarding the trading status of quarterback Kevin Kolb.
We all know the story about Kolb and Vick this season. Kolb was name the starting quarterback for the Eagles to begin the season; however, when Kolb got injured in game one against the Green Bay Packers, Vick came in and tore it up.
I wrote a previous blog about how the San Francisco 49ers would be a good suitor for Kolb in a trade situation, but as I analyzed all of the options after hearing that the Eagles were actually going to go to the pawn shop, I realized that at least one team in every division of the NFL could use Kolb. And I can prove it.
Start from within the division (NFC East), which is the least likely destination for Kolb because Rule 1 of trading in the NFL is never to go within the division.
But the Washington Redskins have a spot for Kolb. Look at what happened to Donovan McNabb this season with the Redskins. McNabb went from first-string to third-string, and I don’t even understand how that happened.
The ‘Skins have ammunition for this trade, though. They have their top-15 draft pick this April, so that would be a good option if the Eagles and Redskins weren’t in the same division. It’s an option to help prove my point, but it’s not going to happen.
In the NFC North there are two teams that could cut deals for Kolb; one situation is ridiculous, though. It involves the Chicago Bears.
Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler took a hit when he appeared to quit on the team in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers a week ago. If not quitting, he exhibited a bad attitude that a lot of Chicago fans didn’t like to see. This is as much of a long shot, and as ridiculous of a situation as their is, but the Bears are two of four team in the NFC North that could land Kolb. Only, it’s not going to happen because the Bears aren’t stupid… they already stuck up for Cutler, now trading him would throw the world a curve ball.
The Minnesota Vikings are going to be one of the most active teams in this trade talk I believe because they don’t have an extremely high draft pick like the Redskins do.
They need a quarterback badly unless they have a lot of confidence in Tavares Jackson. If they want to go with Jackson, then that’s great. But right now is the year that you have to choose. It’s Jackson or Kolb, make a choice.
I think that Minnesota is one of the top five most likely destinations for Kolb. I could see the trade including either this year’s first round pick or next year’s, but no matter where Kolb goes, the Eagles are going to want picks.
In the NFC South, there are three teams with quarterbacks of the present and future. There is one team that has a quarterback that a lot of people question. His name is Jimmy Clausen, and they are the Carolina Panthers.
One thing going against the Panthers, though, is that they own the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft in April. Why is this a bad thing? Who would want to give up the No. 1 pick! Seriously, when you have Jimmy Clausen, you aren’t extremely desperate for a quarterback. Clausen gives you at least a couple years to experiment with him.
I don’t think Kolb is worth a No. 1 overall pick, no matter how desperate you are for a quarterback.
Things get obnoxious when you get to the NFC West. There are three teams that would love to have Kolb, and all three have what it takes to get him.
First, the San Francisco 49ers are a good option of course with Jim Harbaugh coming in as head coach, known for developing quarterbacks. So that I don’t have to repeat myself, check out my previous blog on Kolb to the Niners.
The Arizona Cardinals are also a very likely suitor, up there with the Minnesota Vikings. The Cardinals have a top-10 draft pick this year and they have missed too many times on quarterbacks, and have tried out too many this season, to wait any longer. Kolb is better than any quarterback the Cardinals will find in the NFL Draft this year. Mel Kiper has them drafting a quarterback this April, but why would they if they could get Kolb.
Matt Hasselbeck is getting old for the Seattle Seahawks and Charlie Whithurst is about their only other option right now. However, Whithurst has played a little bit this year and coach Pete Carroll almost started him in the final regular season game as they tried to get into the playoffs.
The Seahawks are an option, but it seems Carroll might have some confidence in Whithurst in the future.
In the AFC East there are two teams that badly need a quarterback if they are going to have any shot of ever catching the New York Jets or New England Patriots in that division. The Miami Dolphins have shown a lot of respect for Chad Henne in the past few years. The view on him was about half and half that he was going to be good or he was going to be bad.
Turns out they still need a quarterback because Henne definitely is not cutting it.
Also, the Buffalo Bills are a team in need of a quarterback too. Trent Edwards didn’t work out and keeping faith in Ryan Fitzpatrick might not be the best thing for the future of this once glorious franchise.
In the AFC North, the Cincinnati Bengals are a team that seems to need a quarterback because Carson Palmer has said that he either wants a trade or will retire. Well, it doesn’t appear that the Bengals are willing to trade him, and the Eagles aren’t going to swap QB for QB, so we will see how ballsy Palmer is.
The Tennessee Titans in the AFC South badly need a quarterback, and a coach for that matter. Vince Young is apparently on the trading block, but again that wont matter to the Eagles. Seriously, the Eagles are going to just want draft picks – first rounders.
Finally, the Denver Broncos are another long shot team in this grand scheme of things that I am using just to make my point. I think they like what they have with Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton, but I suppose you never really know what a team will do.
So there, at least one team from each division in the NFL could use Kolb in one way or another. But let’s cut the crap and get down right to my predictions on the top-5 most likely teams to land Kolb. This time the teams are in order. Thank goodness for some order!
Arizona is No. 1 on the list simply because they have the highest pick combined with the most willingness to make a deal for Kolb, who may or may not be worth the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
Minnesota is No. 2 on the list because look at what they have to compete against in the NFC North: Aaron Rodgers (currently in the Super Bowl), Jay Cutler (led the Bears to an appearance in the NFC title game) and Matthew Stafford (shows promise). Right now, Tavares Jackson can’t compete with that. The Vikings have the No. 12 pick and would love to draft a quarterback, but if they can’t get one then they might pull the trigger on this offer.
Miami is No. 3 because everybody seems to be taking their talents there these days. Miami is desperate. They’ve had a coaching train wreck this offseason and need a bandage. They have the No. 15 pick in the draft, and if they feel they can’t make a splash with that pick, then they need to give it up and go get a quarterback.
San Francisco is No. 4, but they might have enough going for them that they can land Kolb. Kolb wants to play in the bay area, and the Niners have a formula that could get him. Give up the No. 7 pick if new coach Jim Harbaugh doesn’t like any quarterbacks in the draft, and go get a quarterback. Kolb would go from one QB savvy coach, Andy Reid, to another.
Tennessee is No. 5 and the longest shot to land Kolb. They need a quarterback, yes, but they need a coach too. Plus, who really knows if Vince Young will be traded away.