How does Vick's tag impact Kolb?

February, 15, 2011
2/15/11
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It's no surprise the Philadelphia Eagles placed their franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick this morning. We've seen that move coming for a long time.

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Vick is now locked up for the 2011 season (pending the next CBA) and his backup Kevin Kolb is in the same boat. The Eagles would be willing to move Kolb, but there's a major hitch. Once the CBA expires, the Eagles won't be able to trade for 2011 draft picks that would allow them to make immediate changes on the field. Philadelphia would instead be acquiring 2012 picks (or later), which aren't quite as attractive for a coach who desperately needs to win a playoff game.

And with Vick's penchant for exposing his body to more punishment than most quarterbacks, there's even more incentive to keep Kolb around for another season. Reid has a tremendous relationship with Kolb. He knows the quarterback's dying to start on a full-time basis, but Reid's not benevolent enough to leave himself exposed at such a key position.

Once there's a new CBA, teams such as the Cardinals and Vikings may be interested in dealing for Kolb. Will the Eagles give him up for a 2012 first-round pick? I wouldn't bet on it.

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