ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported yesterday that Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb at the top of his offseason wish list.
Fitzgerald is entering the final season of his $40 million contract, and the Cardinals brass apparently went to him for advice regarding the quarterback
disaster dilemma. Derek Anderson, Max Hall, and John Skelton split snaps in Arizona in 2010 in the wake of the retirement of potential NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner. That went well…
It’s understandable that the Cardinals want Fitzgerald to stay in town after 2011, so asking his opinion may not be a bad idea. But the blurring of the line between player and members of the front office could get a little messy. We’ve heard players lobby to bring guys in. Donovan McNabb was very vocal about Terrell Owens joining the organization years ago, but the Cardinals did something different here. They reached out to a player to get an opinion. Just food for thought.
As far as Kolb goes, the embattled backup to Michael Vick, he can’t be traded until a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, and who the hell knows when that’s going to happen?
We don’t even know if the Eagles really want to trade Kolb. When the Eagles franchised Vick last week, there were reports that the Birds would entertain offers, but Peter King offered the following in his Monday Morning Quarterback column before the Super Bowl
I think, not to beat a dead Eagle, that Kevin Kolb is going nowhere, unless Philadelphia gets a sick offer. Why would the Eagles trade a quarterback Andy Reid loves, for anything, when he’s not sure Mike Vick can play 16 games? There may come a time, like in 2012, when the cost of keeping Kolb would be so prohibitive the Eagles would let him go. But that time is not now. It’s just not smart.
Kolb is a pretty good insurance policy to have in case Mike Vick gets injured, or ya know, swings for strike three. It’s no secret that Vick is still on thin ice on and off the field. On it, his style of play result in some big hits on him from opposing defenses. Off of it, he is in no position to make another mistake, and many Eagles fans last week thought he was doing exactly that when this news broke. Thankfully, there was no truth to it.
But who knows what kind of stroke Fitzgerald has in Arizona? And what would the Cardinals be willing to offer in a trade for Kolb?
One thing is certain, none of it matters if we don’t have a league next year.
So let’s get on that, shall we?