Schefter: Cardinals are favorites for Kolb
May, 6, 2011
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
In his latest mailbag , ESPN's Adam Schefter touched on some possible destinations for Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.
Q: Now that the draft is over and several quarterback-needy teams have drafted a player at that position, what do you think the market for Kevin Kolb will be like?
-- Jin (N.Y.)
A: Jin: The market for Kolb will be similar to what it was before, minus the San Francisco 49ersand Cincinnati Bengals. I still think the Seattle Seahawks will have some interest. And still think the Arizona Cardinals are the overwhelming favorites to land his services.
The Cardinals and Eagles were allowed to discuss a deal at various points this offseason, including the first day of the draft. Arizona had the chance to draft Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert in Round 1 -- and passed. That tells me that the Cardinals believe they can find a way to land Kolb once trades are allowed. And Philadelphia knows it has to trade Kolb for this reason: After this season, Kolb's contract is set to expire. The Eagles can't afford to pay both Michael Vick, whom they intend to re-sign to a long-term deal, and Kolb. So if Philadelphia wants to get back compensation for Kolb, this will be the time to do it. And if Arizona wants to compete in the NFC West, Kolb is the quarterback to lead the way. It's an ideal match. And I think eventually, ultimately, it will happen.