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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kolb Traded To Arizona, Eagles Acquire Rodgers-Cromartie, Draft Pick

From: GCOBB.com

Quarterback Kevin Kolb is finally an ex-Eagle. The team completed a deal that will send the former second-round pick to Arizona in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round draft choice. The Cardinals have also agreed to terms with Kolb on a five-year contract extension worth $63 million, with $20 million guaranteed.

The Eagles have now addressed two of their biggest needs on defense, with the trade for Rodgers-Cromartie and the signing of defensive end Jason Babin earlier today.

Rodgers-Cromartie gives the Eagles a legitimate starting cornerback to place alongside Asante Samuel. The fourth year corner will fill one of the most glaring needs on the defense. He has good size, but isn’t known for being a physical presence. He has 13 career interceptions in three seasons, including six in 2009. He has also returned four interceptions for touchdowns in his three seasons. He is currently under contract through the 2012 season.

The Eagles did well to also acquire a second round pick to go along with Rodgers-Cromartie. The Cardinals were the last quarterback-needy team, and had no serious bidding competition from other teams. For the Cardinals to give up a talented young cornerback and a high draft choice for an unproven quarterback (with a 3-4 record as a starter and 11 career touchdowns to 14 career interceptions) shows just how desperate Arizona was to address their quarterback situation.

The market for teams that would have been interested in Kolb had dried up significantly, and the Eagles were still able to come away with a quality package for their untested backup quarterback.

Kolb and Rodgers-Cromartie won’t have to wait very long to face their old teams. The Cardinals will come to Philadelphia on Sunday, November 13th for a 1:00 p.m. game.

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