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Report: Eagles are telling teams that McNabb, Kolb aren't available

The Eagles have said that they intend to bring back quarterback Donovan McNabb for 2010.  McNabb has said he wants to return.

The only problem?  No one believes it.

If it’s a ruse, it’s elaborate.  According to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.com, the Eagles are telling teams who are calling about the availability of quarterbacks that McNabb and Kevin Kolb are off limits.

Still, Paolantonio reports (and we agree) that league insiders believe the Eagles are posturing.  If it appears that they want to trade McNabb, their leverage will plummet.  Moreover, how could McNabb come back if word gets out that the Eagles were shopping him?  If McNabb wanted a “financial apology” after being benched for half of a game in 2008, he’d be looking for some eight-figure groveling if the Eagles ever were to give any credence to the possibility that he could be shipped out of time.

It’s believed that the price would be at least a first-round pick.  We think it will take even more.

For now, though, the Eagles will sit back and wait for the right offer.  If it never comes, they’ll claim he was never on the market.  If it does, they’ll pull the trigger and move on.

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40 Responses to “Report: Eagles are telling teams that McNabb, Kolb aren't available”
  1. prophet of the light says: Feb 12, 2010 12:01 PM

    Why would anyone want the choker?

  2. Hap says: Feb 12, 2010 12:07 PM

    I’d believe one or the other, not both. It’s BS.

  3. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Feb 12, 2010 12:09 PM

    So why report anything at all then?
    The team is saying McNabb isn’t available, but “league insiders” don’t believe it.
    So what the Eagles say doesn’t mean shit, get it?

  4. mmdd1111 says: Feb 12, 2010 12:10 PM

    Will you stupid idiots stop with the McNabb trade stuff every freaking season….He’s the QB for 2010. Find something else to write crap about.

  5. aloud2judge says: Feb 12, 2010 12:22 PM

    just trade him for Boldin already and get it done with…
    hate to say it but I’d rather listen to the Favre will he/won’t he speculation than anything coming from Big Quiet Red Reid.

  6. Mooch says: Feb 12, 2010 12:25 PM

    Awesome news! We’ll go 10-6, as long as we face ten teams with losing records! We’ll then back into a #6 seed, and lose in the first round.
    See, now we don’t even need to waste time watching the season!
    GO PHILLIES!!!

  7. lithiumfx26 says: Feb 12, 2010 12:26 PM

    By saying they are not available is a bargaining chip.

  8. Mooch says: Feb 12, 2010 12:29 PM

    Correct me if I am wrong, but this means Kolb is gone in 2011. He will never sign an extension, having seen McNabb brought back yet again. Why bother, he should just move on with his career.
    If they bring back McNabb in 2010, he’s certainly back in 2011. If you bring him back after last season, why not just keep him forever.
    OOPS – Gary Cobb JUST reported that Kolb has been offered an extension…as I wrote this I heard it on WIP.
    So we will see!!!

  9. Akshun says: Feb 12, 2010 12:38 PM

    Reports are they offered Kolb a contract today not sure what the price or years are yet

  10. mmdd1111 says: Feb 12, 2010 12:39 PM

    They are getting rid of Vick, the animal killer and keeping Kolb and McNabb. Get a life and stop all this nonsense and find somethng else to talk sh*t about.

  11. RichieBugs83 says: Feb 12, 2010 12:40 PM

    The Eagles are like a dog with two bones. And no Super Bowls.

  12. RayDaMayor says: Feb 12, 2010 12:42 PM

    NcNabb and Kolb aren’t available……
    But for 6 boxes of Milkbones the DogKiller is.

  13. KingJoe! says: Feb 12, 2010 12:51 PM

    If the Eagles dilute the market with McNabb and Vick, both will be worth less. The Eagles will work out the Vick trade first and then get on with the real deal with McNabb. Neither will be back next year.
    Vick will end up in Carolina and McNabb will be throwing to Crabtree. The Eagles end up with a 5th, 3rd and 1st out of the deal.

  14. troll_aikman8 says: Feb 12, 2010 12:52 PM

    “I’m only going to say this once, Brian Dawkins will be an Eagle for life. No more questions.”
    - Fats Reid.

  15. HarrisonHits says: Feb 12, 2010 12:53 PM

    “If they bring back McNabb in 2010, he’s certainly back in 2011. If you bring him back after last season, why not just keep him forever.”
    McNabb’s contract is up at the end of this year. Having him come back in 2010 in no way means they will give him a new contract for after that. In fact it would seem quite unlikely they would do so with Kolb ready to go.

  16. BenRapistberger says: Feb 12, 2010 1:00 PM

    My amazing powers of denomination have led me to derive an inversely proportionate statement from this.
    Eagles are telling teams that Vick is available.

  17. mwcarolina says: Feb 12, 2010 1:18 PM

    well that is not a shock, McNabb is an Eagle for one more year Eagles fans, than the job goes to Kolb, i see the Eagles re-signing Kolb and preparing him for the future.

  18. Big_Monkey says: Feb 12, 2010 1:30 PM

    This is either posturing, incredible patience by the Iggles, or complete idiocy.
    We’ll see once the OTA’s start; or the draft. No later than that, I think.

  19. jibfest says: Feb 12, 2010 1:31 PM

    Move McNabb. The Eagles have stated Kolb is the QB of the future. McNabb won’t sign as a backup and if you let him walk after this year, that is a huge mistake. Trade him and start Kolb. Get Feeley back here as a backup. McNabb is not a winner, he is just happy to be here. With Vick? Who cares, dude is garbage anyway.

  20. dankula says: Feb 12, 2010 2:08 PM

    aloud2judge , Where exactly do you put Boldin on the eagles? Why would we beef up our wr core? We already have 3 wideouts that are good and hopefully get better. You are just another fool with big opinions that arent set in reality.
    P.S. Boldin was last summers offseason bs topic sir, you are a year and a half too late.

  21. Percy Nugz says: Feb 12, 2010 2:10 PM

    Minnesota would be a perfect fit for McNabb. An ultra talented team that McNabb could got to the super bowl with. Philladelphia fans have under apreciated him for so long, i don’t know how he can stand it any longer.

  22. danielcp0303 says: Feb 12, 2010 2:15 PM

    Does it itch Donovan? That sand in your vagina?

  23. surefooted says: Feb 12, 2010 2:15 PM

    @Mooch, yep, with Kolb being offered a 4-year extension and John Clayton insisting that the Eagles will trade McNabb…the writing is on the wall.

  24. BlueEyeDevils says: Feb 12, 2010 2:34 PM

    Calm down “Angry” BlueEyeDevils………….
    This is not a Vick thread yet “you” people are so in love with Vick you bring his name up.
    You prove over and over again that Vick is in your heads……….
    HA HA HA

  25. mwcarolina says: Feb 12, 2010 2:47 PM

    (Trade him and start Kolb)
    if they do tade him, the question is who wants him and how badly? i doubt highly a first round pick or 2nd round pick.
    (Get Feeley back here as a backup)
    agree on that
    (McNabb is not a winner, he is just happy to be here.)
    agree and disagree, he is happy to be there and is a winner, just not a super bowl winner.
    (With Vick? Who cares, dude is garbage anyway.)
    agree and disagree, he isn’t garbage, but he isn’t great who worth keeping.

  26. KolbFan says: Feb 12, 2010 2:57 PM

    Dont let the Cambells soup can hit you in the ass on your way out professional loser. Take your annoying mother too.
    Florio, why has your reporting posture changed in just 1 month? The last McNabb article posted here said “McNabbs contract dictates without a doubt he is staying and will not be traded”. Now you agree with SalPal on trade speculation? That was a quick 180…
    Goodbye McNabb. Goodbye Vick. Bring in a veteran to backup Kolb (Hasselbeck?). Go get Peppers and draft DT’s, LB’s and DB’s for next 2 straight years.
    We will not miss a beat with this young offense and we will be in the playoffs again WITH A CHANCE

  27. Mooch says: Feb 12, 2010 3:00 PM

    Harrison,
    If McNabb is back they are extending him by an additional year beyond 2010. He will not play on the final year of a contract.
    And if faced with this same sitiation again in 2011, why wouldn’t Reid go with McNabb again? He’s a security blanket guaranteed to get you 10 wins. He will never win a SB, but you are guaranteed a solid regular season.
    This was a terribly disappointing year. If McNabb isn’t gone now, then when will he ever be gone?
    McNabb and Reid will always have “one more year left”. Always. And forever.
    Because the team is built to be B+ every year, and never an A+.

  28. Mooch says: Feb 12, 2010 3:10 PM

    But, if Kolb signs the deal then Kolb starts in 2010 or 2011. That’s when the writing is on the wall.
    We may go 5-11 next season, but for the first time in about 7 years there will be some excitement. For a decade the Eagles have lost almost every game they were supposed to lose, and have won most of the games they were supposed to win. It’s been boring and predictable, certainly if you believe that McNabb cannot win it all.
    Agree on MINN – McNabb is capable of handing off and throwing 5 yard screens that WR’s like Harvin take 80 yards.
    In fact, I bet that McNabb has a bigger % of his passing yards in “YAC” than another other QB in the modern era.
    How could I find that out?

  29. Anarcho Purplism says: Feb 12, 2010 3:30 PM

    Chester Taylor + picks for McNabb.
    or
    Fred Jackson + picks for McNabb
    Vick……walks. Maybe the new owner of the Rams will want him for pure publicity sake.

  30. danlinker says: Feb 12, 2010 3:41 PM

    People have said trade mcnabb for boldin…I’ve said it, now let’s do it. Cards do not need boldin, check out breaston, doucet, urban. They could use an actual qb instead of a pretty boy usc flop.

  31. mmdd1111 says: Feb 12, 2010 3:43 PM

    Kolb Fan- KOLB SUCKS!

  32. rh44 says: Feb 12, 2010 3:48 PM

    Let us not forget a few months ago, SalPal said nationally Mike Vick is slated to replace McNabb to be the starter for the Eagles for 2010-2011.
    Is there no credibility in sports journalism?

  33. aloud2judge says: Feb 12, 2010 3:48 PM

    “dankula says:
    February 12, 2010 2:08 PM
    aloud2judge , Where exactly do you put Boldin on the eagles? Why would we beef up our wr core? We already have 3 wideouts that are good and hopefully get better. You are just another fool with big opinions that arent set in reality.
    P.S. Boldin was last summers offseason bs topic sir, you are a year and a half too late. ”
    We have 1 WR that is good and 1 that has potential. Don’t know how or why you see any other that’s a role player as being “good”.
    Without McNabb they’d have a QB that can read his progressions and hit any open WR, so why not have 3? With McNabb it’s a look for the #1 WR on the play the whole way or dump off.
    Maybe do a package deal with another team like the Ravens and send Boldin for picks or players.
    Point being is “Thanks for all the years D-Mac, good luck in your next venture!”

  34. jlbay says: Feb 12, 2010 3:57 PM

    I have tried to post this previously, so here goes again. Everyone here talks about 1st round picks as if they were created equally . . . but they are not.
    The teams that should and will be interested in Vick are lousy and will probably look for a QB on the first day of the draft. So they will have a young QB to develop, but need somone to currently fill the role who can excite the fan base and can play behind a poor O-line or with limited skilled offensive weapons or both. So the likes of the Rams and Bills will be the market for Vick, and the Eagles will target a 3rd round pick. But here is the kicker, a 3rd rounder from these teams is really closer to a 2nd round pick, especially given the amount of under-classmen who are coming out early for fear of a new rookie salary structure that would limit their salaries next year.
    For McNabb, who will be 33 come next season, the teams need to be serious contenders – Arizona and/or Minny or have multiple picks and on the verge of contending – Denver/San Fran (or possibly owned by a NUTTCASE – you can never count OAKLAND out). These teams have either later 1st round picks (Arz/Minny) so they will have to sweeten the deal a little, say with a 4th rounder; however if it is a team like Denver and/or San Fran with a mid 1st rounder, the value is obviously higher and I would suspect that a 5th or 6th round pick would be thrown in or possibly a 3rd or 4th rounder in next years draft.
    Either way I suspect that Kolb will be retained, Vick will be traded first and then McNabb. The Eagles will wait on McNabb, as it will only benefit them and get the sweetest deal possible. With some mid-round teams in the mix the timing might end up being just a few weeks shy of the draft and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Eagles were leaning toward a late 1st rounder with the second pick being a better round . . . as they don’t like paying rookies a ton of money and love to have a bunch of picks.
    Finally I saw a couple of poster supporting bringing Feeley back, but don’t count out Garcia as a vetran back-up – he knows the system very well and could win a few games for the Eagles if Kolb was lost only for a few weeks with a minor injury.

  35. birdmancometh says: Feb 12, 2010 4:05 PM

    @Mooch -
    You don’t need to be “A+” to win the Super Bowl.
    The best team in the league only wins the super bowl about 50% of the time. There is no way to provide stats for this obviously, but the point is luck and one or two big plays are the difference between a SB winner and the rest.
    Anytime you have a 1 game playoff system you are going to basically make winning the title only a little different than a coin toss. Were the Jets the second best team in the AFC? Were the Giants the best team in 2007? Now stop being an idiot and appreciate what Andy and McNabb have done for this franchise.

  36. Route36West says: Feb 12, 2010 4:12 PM

    Sal Pal is a jackass and anyone who agrees with him is one too. That guy is always wrong when it comes to the Eagles. He also has said Mcnabb was going to be traded the last 4 years.
    Kolb deffently isnt going anywhere. Reid has been watching him for 8 years there’s no way hes going to get rid of a guy he thinks is a future franchise qb.
    Mcnabb isnt going anywhere either. Reid is protective of Mcnabb and wants to prove he can win a Superbowl with his qb. I dont know if he’ll be in philly in 2011 but theirs no doubt he will be in 2010.

  37. Route36West says: Feb 12, 2010 4:19 PM

    It’s believed that the price would be at least a first-round pick. We think it will take even more.
    For now, though, the Eagles will sit back and wait for the right offer. If it never comes, they’ll claim he was never on the market. If it does, they’ll pull the trigger and move on.
    Thats a cop out its just a way to cover yourself if he doesnt get traded. Mcnabb is not on the trading block but of course if they got an outstanding offer they would consider it. There’s not a player in the NFL that a coach wouldnt consider trading if they got a big offer for him. Even Payton Manning could be traded. If a team offered 4 1st rd picks + other picks for Manning he would be dealt.
    When Mcnabb isnt traded you will be wrong period. You can say well the Eagles just didnt get the right offer but no one will believe you.

  38. Route36West says: Feb 12, 2010 4:27 PM

    Correct me if I am wrong, but this means Kolb is gone in 2011. He will never sign an extension, having seen McNabb brought back yet again. Why bother, he should just move on with his career.
    Gladly. Maybe Kolb wouldnt want to stay in philly if Mcnabb is back in 2011 but he really wouldnt have a choice. If the Eagles kept Mcnabb they could just franchise Kolb in 2011 and he would have to stay. Then the Eagles could let Mcnabb walk or trade him and the starting job would be Kolbs. Once that happens he would happily sign a long term deal with the Eagles because he knows that would give him the best chance at succeeding in the NFL. If he left he would have to learn a whole to playbook and he would need another coach that believes he can be a starter like Reid does.

  39. Mooch says: Feb 12, 2010 4:30 PM

    Birdman…
    Then get me a QB that is lucky.
    We have won 0% of the time. We never get the lucky break. We never get the big play, or the “bounce of the ball”. Ya know who has since I started watching ball in the early 80′s…
    Pittsburgh
    Dallas
    Denver
    Green Bay
    Tampa Bay
    New Orleans
    New England
    St. Louis
    Indianapolis
    New York Giants
    San Francisco
    Washington
    Oakland
    LA Raiders
    Chicago
    Baltimore
    Half the league has won a SB.
    Great people and teams make their own luck.
    If you came up with a formula, or a way to run a business, that resulted in 0% success over a decade…would you still have a job?
    I can only guess that you are a late teen / early 20 something that has not seen this act about 25 times. And I don’t know anyone that didn’t enjoy this team more when Buddy was in charge. Those 8-8 seasons were so much more fun to experience than these dead-end 10/11 win seasons.
    It’s played.

  40. Mooch says: Feb 12, 2010 5:29 PM

    Gladly. Maybe Kolb wouldnt want to stay in philly if Mcnabb is back in 2011 but he really wouldnt have a choice. If the Eagles kept Mcnabb they could just franchise Kolb in 2011 and he would have to stay.
    With all due respect, the Eagles MO is to sign young talent to below market contracts long-term. That way, they get a deal over many years.
    What you are proposing is to pay Kolb, who in this scenario would be an unproven commodity, the average of the top 5 QB’s in the NFL? Because that is what the tag would require, right (not up on that)?
    So, we pay an unproven QB top 5 money for a one-year deal. That’s insane. Not that Kolb or his agenct would complain, but it’ll never happen.

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