Eagles need more for Kolb than Rodgers-Cromartie

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Kevin Kolb is expected to be traded when the NFL lockout is lifted. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Kevin Kolb envisions himself in Arizona playing for the Cardinals.

Join the club.

The Eagles quarterback, the subject of countless speculation over the last four months, including a recent report, said to Howard Eskin, guest hosting the Dan Patrick Show, that he has fancied the thought of wearing a Cardinals uniform next season.

"Arizona would be a great place," Kolb said Tuesday. "I've obviously envisioned myself there."

The only thing that seems to be keeping Kolb from being traded to Arizona -- except, of course, the end of the lockout -- is the actual transaction. The Eagles are all but set to deal the 26-year-old, but they have to get what they consider the right amount in return.

And a deal that would give the Eagles Cardinals cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie straight up for Kolb isn't going to get it done, a league source said. Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 Sports in Phoenix reported Monday that the Cardinals were prepared to make such a deal. The Eagles would likely also want a high 2012 draft pick, as well.

That could be enough to entice the Eagles to move their 2007 second-round pick, a quarterback they handed the starting job to last season before Michael Vick supplanted Kolb.

There are still a number of teams in need of a starting quarterback -- Seattle, Minnesota and Miami, to name a few -- but Arizona has clearly emerged as the favorite to land Kolb. With at least a week before the Eagles can actually trade Kolb it's going to be interesting to see if they can drive the market up or if Arizona can call the Eagles' bluff.

Stay tuned.

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