Friday, February 12, 2010

Heard any good Eagles quarterback rumors?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard at least a dozen different rumors about the Eagles quarterbacks this offseason. Every day it seems that another "NFL source" has new information about what the Eagles are going to do with Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and/or Kevin Kolb. Since all three quarterbacks have contracts that run out at the end of the 2010 season, all three are being rumored to be the Eagles starting QB for the coming season while simultaneously being rumored to be shipped out of town. At this point, no one knows what to believe about any of the QB's and I'm pretty sure that's exactly how the Eagles want it.

The latest rumor to hit the internet is that the Eagles have offered a contract extension to Kevin Kolb. While this rumor was immediately shot down by the Eagles, extending Kolb would be a very telling move. What it likely would mean is that McNabb will be given one last season to take the Birds to a title or that he will be placed on the trading block right away. Of course, rumors are also circulating that the Eagles won't trade McNabb or Kolb, leaving us to speculate that they would trade Michael Vick. Then there has been the talk that the Eagles have no intention of moving Vick, which leads us right back to where we started, with three QB's that could be staying or could be going.

So, what should we believe? I still think that all three Eagles QB's could be traded for the right price and that at least one of them will be moved. I don't see how the Eagles can go into next season with all three on the roster when all three have made it clear that they want a chance to play. I would also expect that, after one is traded, the Eagles will try to extend the contract of whoever they plan to start at QB next year. So, while the talk of a contract extension for Kolb makes a lot of sense, the timing is all wrong. If you extend Kolb now, you are showing the rest of the league your hand and driving down the price for McNabb or Vick. In an ideal world, the Eagles would probably like to trade Vick for a draft pick and then go into next season with McNabb the starter and Kolb ready to take over should he falter. Whether McNabb would be happy playing out the season without a contract extension is another story.

Basically, nobody knows anything right now about the Eagles quarterback situation. You are going to hear a ton of rumors in the coming weeks that the Eagles want to trade this QB or sign that one. Take each and every one with a grain of salt and know that the Eagles probably don't even know exactly how this is going to play out. About all we know right now is that one of Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick or Kevin Kolb will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010. Unless, of course, they trade for someone else.

1 comment:

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