Thursday, July 28, 2011

Eagles finally deal Kolb to Cardinals for DRC, pick

Earlier today, the Eagles finally pulled the trigger on the Kevin Kolb trade, dealing him to the Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick. While it had been rumored to be happening for weeks, I'm still shocked the Birds pulled this one off.

No matter how you look at it, the Cardinals were robbed. Not only were the Eagles able to get a second round pick for their backup quarterback but they were also able to pry away a Pro Bowl cornerback? Sure, Kolb isn't your average backup quarterback, but he has only 7 career starts and already has a concussion on his resume. He was the Eagles quarterback of the future just one year ago but we have seen enough of him on the field to know there is more than a decent chance he isn't a franchise quarterback.

Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC) will immediately step into the starting cornerback spot opposite of Asante Samuel and give the Eagles one of the best 1-2 corner combos in the league. While DRC hasn't fully lived up to his potential in his three years in the league, he's only 25 and he has already shown plenty of playmaking ability. At the very least, DRC should solidify the second corner spot that was so shaky last season.

The Eagles front office deserves a ton of credit for pulling off such a lopsided trade. Kolb may yet be a stud quarterback but he wasn't going to have any impact on the Eagles as long as Michael Vick stays healthy. Turning him into a Pro Bowl corner and a lottery ticket in the draft is nothing short of a brilliant move.

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