Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Waiting for the other shoe (Feeley) to drop

Now that Michael Vick will be activated for Week 3, whither AJ Feeley?

Waiting for the other shoe (Feeley) to drop

Now that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that Michael Vick will become a real, live member of the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3 of the regular season, the next question rises quickly:

What about AJ Feeley?

You can argue this a hundred different ways -- OK, maybe three different ways -- but it seems to me that this should be the progression: trade Feeley now, not Kevin Kolb, and then either trade Vick at the end of the season or make him your starter in 2010.

Exactly what the Eagles think of Kolb -- really, really think in their hearts -- remains a mystery. The acquisition of Vick does not necessarily mean they don't like him. The Eagles are value players, and Andy Reid loves the gadgetry, and Reid and Lurie and Joe Banner are all on this redemption kick, and it all adds up like this: they got Vick for nothing, he has the potential to be a special weapon, he gives them a feeling that they are doing some social good, and they can turn around after the season and trade him for a pretty good asset if they can get his feet back under him first. In all, that's the way I have seen this from the beginning.

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In the meantime, then, you are left with the question: trade Feeley or trade Kolb -- which they not can do and go thin at QB for two weeks, until Vick is activated. I would trade Feeley because there probably is more of a market for Feeley right now. Anybody trading for a quarterback in the first week of September is looking for a veteran, known quantity. That isn't Kolb, it's Feeley. That doesn't mean Kolb can't play. It just means that the only really valid opinion right now in the whole NFL belongs to the Eagles' coaching staff. There isn't any way for anybody else to know about Kolb, either way.

So that should be the progression: trade Feeley, do the Vick thing this year, and then either flip him for a package of draft choices or make him the 2010 starter.  If your intent is to maximize the value of this crazy summer, that's what you do.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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