Thursday, December 25, 2014

Revisiting the Kevin Kolb-Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie trade

Now that Kevin Kolb has been released by the Cardinals and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was not retained by the Eagles, the last remaining pieces from the 2011 blockbuster deal are Vinny Curry and Brandon Boykin. That's what the Eagles received for the Cardinals 2012 second-round pick, which the Eagles traded for the Packers second-round pick (Curry) and and a fourth-round pick (Boykin).

Revisiting the Kevin Kolb-Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie trade

Now that Kevin Kolb has been released by the Cardinals and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was not retained by the Eagles, the last remaining pieces from the 2011 blockbuster deal are Vinny Curry and Brandon Boykin. That's what the Eagles received for the Cardinals 2012 second-round pick, which the Eagles traded for the Packers second-round pick (Curry) and and a fourth-round pick (Boykin).

Boykin is a valuable cornerback for the Eagles, likely to play in the slot for the second consecutive season and potentially challenge for an outside cornerback spot. Curry will need to transition into an outside linebacker in the Eagles' 3-4, but he has pass-rushing skills despite an unproductive rookie season.

The two headliners in the deal, though, were duds in their new destinations.

Kolb was supposed to become the Cardinals' franchise quarterback, just as he was supposed to become the Eagles' franchise quarterback the year before. Injuries continue to plague Kolb's career. He started just 14 games in two seasons, throwing 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. But Arizona did not win enough, Ken Whisenhunt was fired, and the big money that Kolb earned became too burdensome for the new regime. He's now a free agent, with stock not nearly as high as when he was Andy Reid's chosen quarterback of the future. (Also, Michael Vick has been wildly inconsistent since the Eagles decided to go with Vick over Kolb. Kolb has wondered in the past what might have been if he had the chance to play with the core offensive players he built chemistry with in Philadelphia.)

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Rodgers-Cromartie's career hasn't been more fruitful since the trade, either. He was a young, Pro Bowl cornerback when he arrived in Philadelphia, but he struggled playing in the slot in 2011 and was too often inconsistent as a featured cornerback last season. Rodgers-Cromartie had three interceptions in two seasons and became one of the sources of the fan base's frustration. The Eagles let Rodgers-Cromartie go this week, and he signed with Denver.

So now it's up to Boykin and Curry, the last two pieces in the deal. The trade has not worked out as either team could have wanted, but the Eagles at least have pieces to salage it.

Zach Berman Inquirer Staff Writer
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