Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kolb For Rodgers-Cromartie Is Still The Best Deal Available For Eagles & Cards


During a recent interview, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt seemed to be a guy who was trying to downplay rumors about the Eagles and the Cardinals have already agreed to a trade involving quarterback Kevin Kolb and cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie.

“I don’t even know where that speculation started about trading or what we’re going to give up,” told Kent Somers of Arizona Republic. “We don’t even know if they (the Eagles) are willing to do that. That’s something that everybody speculates on.”

It’s a little too late for Whisenhunt to throw us off the scent of a trade.

I have talked to an NFL source close to the Arizona Cardinals who told me that the Cardinals offensive coaches have been studying tapes of Kevin Kolb since the 2010 season ended. He told me that the Cards staff was excited about acquiring him after watching his performance against the Atlanta Falcons. They like the way he gets rid of the football and they’re already imagining him throwing the ball to their Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

I can understand why Whisenhunt would be unwilling to legitimate any deal or interest in a deal. He has probably seen the reports which disclose the Eagles desire to acquire more than Rodgers-Cromartie in a trade for Kolb. I was told by my NFL source that the Cardinals coach and his staff may not be willing to give the Eagles more than Rodgers-Cromartie for Kolb because they’re not totally convinced that Kolb will be a franchise quarterback.

They don’t like the fact that he’s started only seven games in his career. During those games, he’s been hot and cold. They claim to be still in love with Rodgers-Cromartie, a young, 6’2″ speedster who can match up with any receiver in the league. They’re still high on him despite some inconsistent play in 2010.

As for Kolb, the Cardinals were excited about his play against Atlanta and San Francisco, but they were troubled by the way he played against the Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys.

They think Kolb has an adequate arm but not a great one. They’re anxious to get him on the roster and in the process of learning their offense. Their number one concern about Kolb is how will he respond when he gets hit and must move the offense despite intense pass rush pressure.

I think the Cards and the Eagles will do this deal because it makes sense for both of them. It’s not perfect, but it’s a deal which best addresses the needs of both teams. My NFL source told me that Arizona is concerned that they’ll lose Larry Fitzgerald after the 2011 season, if they don’t bring in a quarterback who can get him the football. They’re not sure that their other quarterback choice, Marc Bulger, “has the fire in his belly” to be a starter again in the NFL.

On a side note concerning Fitzgerald, I was told that he denied requesting Kolb in a conversation with Whisenhunt, but the Cardinals staff feels that Kolb is the guy that he favors.

The Eagles have a Super Bowl-caliber offense, but their vulnerable defense is in desperate need of a starting cornerback. The combination of Asante Samuel and Rodgers-Cromartie would give them one of the best cornerback duos in the NFL. Rodgers-Cromartie is young, seasoned and a great matchup for all of the big receivers on the Giants and Cowboys rosters.

This deal is a potentially great move for both teams and that’s why I think it will get done.

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