The Kevin Kolb-to-the-Cardinals deal is looking pretty likely. After making some calls today, I'm thinking that if the Eagles can get corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick (which almost certainly wouldn't be a first-rounder) for their former quarterback of the future, they'll gladly do the deal.
My understanding is that the Eagles have a high opinion of Rodgers-Cromartie, which was something I'd wondered about before today. But a starting quarterback and a starting cornerback are not of entirely equal value, so the Cards will have to throw in a little something extra. I can't imagine that will be a deal-breaker, unless the Eagles insist on the "something" being a first-rounder. Make it a third-rounder that becomes a second if Kolb makes the Pro Bowl. Whatevs.
The Arizona train is far enough down the tracks that Kolb is openly talking about seeing himself as the Cards' QB, throwing to Larry Fitzgerald, etc.
Kolb, drafted by the Eagles in 2007 as Donovan McNabb's eventual successor, was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show this morning with guest host Howard Eskin, from WIP.
"I think most people can connect the dots now, I hope," Kolb said. "Arizona would be a great place. I've obviously envisioned myself there."
Kolb also said NFL teams are aware of his contract requirements once the deal is completed. (Neither Kolb nor agent Jeff Nalley returned calls from the Daily News Tuesday.)
Kolb is likely to be traded as soon as the league year begins and such things are allowed.
Here is more from the interview:
How are you dealing with the unknown?
It started all the way back last year with the way things went and not turn out the way I expected it to. There has always been a lot of unknowns. Just like always, I lean on God, lean on my family and trust that I will end up in the right place that fits me. I didn’t expect to end up in Phillly when I was drafted. I ended up there and had a great time there. Wherever I end up, I will have a positive attitude and hope to contribute as much as I can.
Arizona seems the likely destination. What are your thoughts about going there?
You try to put yourself mentally in those places and then you have to start pumping the brakes and say hold on, I’m still an Eagle. What happens if I go to training camp there [with the Eagles] or go to training camp somewhere else that I’m not planning on. We all know how the NFL works. There are lot of surprises and unknowns there. I think most people can connect the dots now, I hope. Arizona would be a great place. I’ve envisioned myself there and some other places. I think they all have a chance to be great. Of course, that’s the kind of team you want to go to, if you’re going to get traded.
What about throwing to Larry Fitzgerald?
Absolutely. Anybody who has been around Larry, and I haven’t been that much, they understand what kind of creative guy he is and what kind of receiver he is. If that does happen, I’m excited and he would be a good one to throw to.
Is there any scenario you see where you stay with the Eagles?
Oh, man, I don’t know. I don’t want to look down that route. I’ve had a great time there, but it’s time for me to move on and do my own thing. I’m the first one to tell you that I had my shot and it didn’t work out. That’s why I have to go prove myself somewhere else, if that possibility presents itself. I can’t think of one from the conversations I’ve had before it all happened. It sounds like that’s the plan and I hope everyone sticks to it.
Did you believe Andy Reid when he said he would take care of finding a good situation?
Absolutely, I believed him ... I believed him from the time I was a rookie and last year, the hard situation we went through … As I watched him deal with other players throughout the four years that I have been there. He treats everybody with respect. He understand that its people lives, not just numbers on a piece of paper … There is nobody that I respect more in the NFL or in the game of football than I do him.
Why does Andy get criticized so much in Philly?
My explanation of things and it’s feels so good to be able to say these things now that I probably won’t be back there -- The blame has to go somewhere. Andy is such an unselfish guy and he doesn’t have an ego, which is sometimes hard to find at this level. I have seen him take the bullet for so many players that the media has no idea about and the fans have no idea about. He sat there and he took up for player and the player is in his office crying beforehand in a tough situation and Andy is sitting there with his shield on taking bullets for him. Andy puts himself in those situations but there’s a reason he does it. That’s why guys play so hard for him … Nobody thinks things through more thoroughly than Andy Reid and it is usually works out for the best. That’s’ why he has had the success he’s had.
How tough will it be for you to get ready?
It’s going to be hard. I’m not naïve enough to think that I’m not behind the eight ball. I have no idea where I’m going. Again, there are some prospects out there but not near enough to start trying to learn different systems. You can’t put yourself in that situation mentally because you’re liable to be disappointed. Whenever this bell does ring, I have a lot of work to do mentally. Physically, I think I’m there, but mentally I have to catch up and make sure I’m there by Week 1.
Will you feel pressure in the new situation?
There’s always pressure, but there is pressure in Philadelphia at the collegiate level, there is pressure in high school football in Texas. I’ve been dealing with that for a long time … At this point in my career, I’ve been through some highs and lows. All I’m concerned about is winning a championship. Whatever the pressure there is, that’s the only pressure that matters is what you put on yourself, what team puts on you and how hard you are willing to work. When you have that goal in mind everything else doesn’t matter.
Do you foresee any problems in getting a contract done?
I hope not. There is no way to predict it. I think everybody out there kinda knows what we’re looking for from what we have said in the past. I’m sure there are going to be some hiccups … There are some teams out there that are willing. I hope when the bell rings, there are teams out there willing to step up to the table and get this thing done.
On going to a winning team?
Every team that was interested in me were all contenders. For the most part, a lot of teams have balance in the NFL now, they all have a plan. All the teams on the forefront of where I might end up, they are not in that transition period. They are on the way up. They have the guys there to do something special. That’s encouraging because that’s what you want to go to.