A flurry of links to get to today.
We start with a column from Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post, which suggests an Eagles-Browns deal involving Kevin Kolb would make sense for both teams. What should the Birds ask for in return? Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.
Rogers would be a gap closer on the field. He would give the Eagles a dominating inside player, something they don’t currently have on their roster and someone who can match up with the Cowboys’ size along their offensive line. Rogers is signed to a long-term deal, he’s kept his weight down and he was a model citizen in Cleveland last season - all of which would be appealing to the Eagles. Kolb gives the Browns a future quarterback, something Holmgren knows he needs, without having to part with a draft pick. This trade might be a win/win for both teams.
As I said earlier this week, I don't see how it makes sense for the Eagles to part ways with Kolb. From all indications, he's their quarterback of the future, regardless of the direction they choose to go in next season. If they stick with McNabb, Kolb provides a serviceable backup, which they need. If McNabb's dealt, Kolb gets his chance to start. He's under contract for another year and would become a restricted free agent in 2011.
I can't envision a scenario where they'd deal him for a defensive tackle that will turn 31 before next season, especially when their current DTs are former first-round picks. But then again, I didn't envision the scenario where they drafted Kolb in the first place. And I didn't envision the scenario where they brought in Michael Vick last summer.
In other words, I don't envision a lot of things the Eagles do beforehand, so I can't say anything would surprise me at this point.
McNabb and Denver
An ESPN report surfaced Sunday that said the Denver Broncos were one of a handful of teams that had discussed the possibility of adding McNabb. But two sources tell The Denver Post's Jeff Legwold emphatically that there is "no truth" to reports that Denver would be a landing spot for him.
Thought this was funny. Manish Mehta of the Newark Star-Ledger Tweeted about Lito Sheppard yesterday. He said he asked Lito if he was flexible on the $10M bonus he's due. "I think I'm worth it," Lito said. "That's flexible."
The Titans' Kyle Vanden Bosch has been mentioned as one of the few pass rushers that could be available in free agency. Last week we wrote about Vanden Bosch's comments that a return to Tennessee seemed unlikely, but coach Jeff Fisher seems to disagree.
"Kyle's not the first player who's not been contacted," Fisher told Gary Estwick of The Tennessean . "We had some discussions prior to the start of the season."