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Kevin Kolb made a power play, too

Buried in the Jason Cole item from Yahoo! Sports reporting that quarterback Donovan McNabb would retire if traded to the Raiders is an intriguing nugget regarding his successor, Kevin Kolb.

Per Cole, Kolb made it known that he’d refuse to do a contract extension unless he became the starter in 2010. 

Since Kolb is entering the fourth year of his deal, it means that there’s a chance the Eagles would have had to use the franchise tag to keep Kolb around for 2011.  In 2010, the quarterback franchise number was $16.4 million.

So the Eagles moved McNabb in light of the reality that, if they didn’t get something for one of the two quarterbacks and then extend the contract of the other, they’d possibly be paying one more than $16 million in 2011 — and watching the other walk away for nothing in return.

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55 Responses to “Kevin Kolb made a power play, too”
  1. Ryan_Mack says: Apr 5, 2010 4:46 PM

    Good for you Kolb.
    Now you better step up.
    Your not going to have a better offense than you have right now so you better use it.

  2. nfcbeast says: Apr 5, 2010 4:47 PM

    I dont blame Kolb at all, he understood the situation and did not want to become the next AJ Feely.
    Kolb is the man now, he knew that this would come someday, he just wanted to make sure it happened in 2010.

  3. Hooby says: Apr 5, 2010 4:47 PM

    is anyone keeping count on how many mcnabb posts theyve had in the past 12 hours? its staggering at this point. maybe you should just make one big cumulative one at the end of the day

  4. philwauke says: Apr 5, 2010 4:48 PM

    In other new Jamarcus Russell pooped in his hand.

  5. Slow Joe says: Apr 5, 2010 4:50 PM

    Smart play by Kolb. Why would he sign an extension as a backup QB? It would make much more sense to wait until he’s starting, when he has more value, or as a free agent.
    Of course, you had to word it as “refuse to do a contract extension” to paint the picture that the Eagles would have begged him to and Kolb made a power play to get McNabb traded and blah blah blah just so you’d get more hits and comments.
    You are definitely an apt blogger, Florio.

  6. marcduke says: Apr 5, 2010 4:50 PM

    Careful what you wish for Kevin – those Philly fans are ruthless. Just look at how they treated the guy before you.

  7. Steeler4life says: Apr 5, 2010 4:51 PM

    It’s a amazing to me how someone who hasnt done a thing (no fault of his own) can make a power play.

  8. rjgreen3 says: Apr 5, 2010 4:51 PM

    hey philly(kolb)
    be careful what you ask(pray) for, you just might get it!

  9. Bun McSticky says: Apr 5, 2010 4:53 PM

    Oh, Kevin! You are the zany one!

  10. eaglemafia says: Apr 5, 2010 4:54 PM

    That guy is smart!

  11. robert ethan says: Apr 5, 2010 4:54 PM

    Kolb has done absolutely nothing to warrant a power play or a contract extension so far in his career. WTH are the Eagles thinking?
    I’m betting they traded McNabb because they could get more for him and he had a higher salary. I don’t think they necessarily see Kevin Kolb as the long term answer. I sure as hell don’t.

  12. txtroutslayer says: Apr 5, 2010 4:54 PM

    The Redskins are going to run a new offense next year where the Redskin wide receivers will catch footballs with their feet. Donavon McNabb is the perfect quarterback for this kind of pass.

  13. MNRunLeft says: Apr 5, 2010 4:55 PM

    Now with McNabb out of the way Kolb’s still got tons of leverage when working on an extension, even though he’s proven little he should atleast be looking for the 6 years 63 million that Cassel signed for with KC.

  14. Cincinnasty says: Apr 5, 2010 4:56 PM

    Pretty high demand’s for a second round QB that according to his Wiki page has only played “garbage time” in the pro’s.. Second Rounder’s are very rarely drafted with the intention’s of being a starter one day.. That’s for first round picks.. break out season’s… and Free Agency…

  15. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Apr 5, 2010 4:56 PM

    Mike Florio once again brings in the Raiders for his story. Florio knows that’s the only way people will read his dumb articles.

  16. ICDogg says: Apr 5, 2010 4:59 PM

    I don’t really know what to think of the Jason Cole stuff. It sounds like a lot of the rumors we’ve heard for months, but I don’t know how accurate any of it is.

  17. Jaydoog says: Apr 5, 2010 5:00 PM

    Wow He knew what was up

  18. ATLien says: Apr 5, 2010 5:00 PM

    Very well-played, Mr. Kolb. By the way, Scott Mitchell is holding on Line 1.

  19. prophet of the light says: Apr 5, 2010 5:03 PM

    yea, but does he know that if two teams are tied after overtime, the result is a tie?

  20. BlondBlueDevils says: Apr 5, 2010 5:08 PM

    ESPN is really impressed with Kolb – they have the Eagles finishing in 4th place with 4 or 5 wins.
    That’s a great improvement over 5 Championship Games and 6 Pro Bowls.
    Now, I don’t want to hear all “YOU” people giving Kolb a free pass for the upcoming season’s failures.
    If you thought McNabb was the problem, then surely Kolb should win the 2011 Superbowl.

  21. 24ksmith says: Apr 5, 2010 5:08 PM

    Per Cole, Kolb made it known that he’d refuse to do a contract extension unless he became the starter in 2010.
    But wouldnt he still refuse a contract extension since he would be limited to a 30% bump in his salary? if he wants a big deal he would have to play out his contract and become and unrestricted FA next offseason before he signs a major deal, no?

  22. penguininbondage says: Apr 5, 2010 5:10 PM

    McNabb would have never done this. he would whine about black on black crime and have moomy call reid.

  23. robothero says: Apr 5, 2010 5:11 PM

    Hey Florio, wouldn’t Kolb be a RFA next year, and potentially the year after as well considering the changes to the CBA at current?
    Sounds like a lot of huff and puff about nothing.

  24. BlondBlueDevils says: Apr 5, 2010 5:12 PM

    So what’s going to happen if Vick comes in for 7-10 plays a game and produces more touchdowns that Kolb.
    That is going to be interesting…………
    HA HA HA

  25. Jeff says: Apr 5, 2010 5:12 PM

    Don’t worry.
    When McNabb fails (again), the media will find a ready-made excuse for him.
    Let’s see–Oh yeah, they haven’t been able to use the “he doesn’t have any weapons” excuse since he got DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
    Trust me, when the Redskins go 6-10 next year, the media will tell us it wasn’t McNabb’s fault. Of course, that assumes that he won’t be injured one-third of the way through the season.

  26. PackFanNChiTown says: Apr 5, 2010 5:14 PM

    So if the Redskins sweep the Iggles this year does that mean trading McNabb was a mistake?
    What if Kolb starts stinking up the joint and Reid starts Vick?
    Very interesting story; being a Packer fan I don’t think I can relate to this one though… :)

  27. Pro_Raider/Anti_Al says: Apr 5, 2010 5:14 PM

    Philwauke is full of poop! Russell couldn’t hit his hand!!!!

  28. nittanylion0 says: Apr 5, 2010 5:25 PM

    from Jeff Lurie to Andy Reid to Kevin Kolb, this is setting up to be an epic affair when this experiment fails in two years. all three of these cats seem married to each other and have practically bent over backwards to keep each other gainfully employed in Philly.
    and not a lot of success to be found on any of their track records. this is gonna be good!

  29. snnyjcbs says: Apr 5, 2010 5:30 PM

    I notice you are one of the only places that reprints so much of what this Yahoo gut writes. When it comes to information that turns out as right this guy could not catch a cold in Alaska.
    The coach in Philly was told by the higher ups that have moved in and have taken some of his power that McNabb had to go. Big signing bonus for a QB turning 34 this year that has not played out a full season in years?
    The new guy in the Philly office has been rebuilding this team with youth and the coach was told that McNabb had to go. No matter what they said McNabb was never coming back this year and I am sure Kolbs agent was aware of that.

  30. InnocentCriminal says: Apr 5, 2010 5:36 PM

    This pretty much sums up why wasting a 2nd round (essentially their 1st rounder) pick on Kolb when they had a standout QB was insanely stupid.

  31. themage78 says: Apr 5, 2010 5:36 PM

    Hey Kevin, enjoy the new money. Use it to wipe away the tears when you’re lying flat on your back. This will be due to Reid’s penchant for throwing 40 times a game.

  32. sultanofslot says: Apr 5, 2010 5:37 PM

    Kolb is a baller.

  33. sniperhare says: Apr 5, 2010 5:38 PM

    He’ll lead the Eagles to an 10-6 record and a first round loss then sign a contract between Cassel and Garrard’s for 5-6 years.
    Prediction of the day.

  34. fred says: Apr 5, 2010 5:42 PM

    just the next aj feely nothing more the eagles are very stupid to let go of easily one of the top five quarterbacks the last ten years.

  35. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Apr 5, 2010 5:54 PM

    Hooby says: April 5, 2010 4:47 PM
    is anyone keeping count on how many mcnabb posts theyve had in the past 12 hours? its staggering at this point. maybe you should just make one big cumulative one at the end of the day
    =========================================
    If only you had the free will to refrain from reading each post and then we wouldn’t have to suffer your nonsensical rhetoric in the comment section?? Get a life. If you find a headline interesting, then read it. If you don’t, pass it up, idiot…

  36. Bigbluefan says: Apr 5, 2010 6:02 PM

    Choke on the feathers cornkobb
    Mcscabb is gone vick is laughing his ass off all the way to the hood

  37. rea725 says: Apr 5, 2010 6:02 PM

    @ philwauke: Congrats! Post of the day! LOL.

  38. Eagles4life says: Apr 5, 2010 6:08 PM

    # robert ethan says: April 5, 2010 4:54 PM
    Kolb has done absolutely nothing to warrant a power play or a contract extension so far in his career. WTH are the Eagles thinking?
    I’m betting they traded McNabb because they could get more for him and he had a higher salary. I don’t think they necessarily see Kevin Kolb as the long term answer. I sure as hell don’t.
    ————————————————–
    Dude you’re a moron. First, Florio isn’t reporting this properly. He won’t sign a contract extension as a backup… he won’t get the worst starting qb’s salary!!!
    Clearly the eagles think he is the future otherwise they’d have kept McNabb for the rest of his career and traded Kolb to the Browns, Rams, or Seattle who asked about him!
    He has the potential to be better than McNabb… he’s a better qb for the system… he can’t throw hte ball as far as McNabb but he only had to throw it that deep because he could recognize the play developing…. which is one of Kolb’s strong points!!! Not to mention a quick release!!!

  39. Eagles4life says: Apr 5, 2010 6:12 PM

    Cincinasty says: “Second Rounder’s are very rarely drafted with the intention’s of being a starter one day.. That’s for first round picks.. break out season’s… and Free Agency… ”
    Then why do we have the draft after the first round?! Also have you ever heard of Tom Brady? 6th round. Clearly Bill didn’t think he would ever have the ability to become the starter.

  40. fishfan39 says: Apr 5, 2010 6:16 PM

    In reality what would Philly been able to get for McNabb after this year? Most likely nothing! He will be a 34 year old FREE AGENT. So Philly did the smart thing and saved themselves the grief of trying to resign McNabb while cutting the cost of his salary cost (could possibly use that money on a free agent). Kolb is only going to learn so much from holding a clipboard on the sidelines. The only true way for the Eagles to see just exactly what they have in Kolb is to play him. Plus they get the 37th overall pick in this years draft and a 3rd or 4th rounder next year.

  41. Eagles4life says: Apr 5, 2010 6:16 PM

    Blondbluedevils -
    Everyone is expected to perform. Its the NFL. Professional Sports. BUT, Kolb is starting his first full season… look at his game against the Saints… first game as a starter… he struggled in the red zone and it was actually a closer game than most think. First year Qbs struggle in close games.
    Look at GB with Aaron Rodgers 4000 yards in his first season but they had a losing record (6-10 I think) after Farve went 13-3. Just the way it is.
    If he does awesome in the first year GREAT. But the real gauge is the 2nd year.
    Also if you compare his stats next year to McNabb’s this past year you are setting him up to fail. Compare the schedules. We had a cake schedule. Next year we have one of the toughest schedules of all the teams in the NFL!!!

  42. clemenza says: Apr 5, 2010 6:17 PM

    unlike mcnabb in his early career kolb is surrounded by offensive stars,he if looks like he is another andre ware or david klingler we will run him out of town after the 2010 season…i can tell all this that bogus university of houston offense does not translate well to the NFL,i would be drafting another QB on day one of the draft

  43. LatinCowboy says: Apr 5, 2010 6:31 PM

    Just watched the interview of Kolb on NFL network, He grew up in texas as a huge Cowboys fan along with his family…
    Cowboy fan is now franchise QB of the eagles… priceless.
    Got a feeling eagles are going to be wanting a mulligan on that trade by the end of the year.

  44. MagicMan407 says: Apr 5, 2010 6:37 PM

    My prediction Kolb gets beat by Vick mid way through the season and the Eagles have an 8-8 record next season.

  45. BlondBlueDevils says: Apr 5, 2010 6:44 PM

    LatinCowboy says:
    April 5, 2010 6:31 PM
    Just watched the interview of Kolb on NFL network, He grew up in texas as a huge Cowboys fan along with his family…
    Cowboy fan is now franchise QB of the eagles… priceless.
    Got a feeling eagles are going to be wanting a mulligan on that trade by the end of the year.
    —————————————
    I also noticed when Rich Eisen put him on the spot about being a die hard Cowboy fan – he lied.
    Now if you lie about something that simple, what type of back bone or character do you really have.
    HA HA HA

  46. Cincinnasty says: Apr 5, 2010 7:25 PM

    Eagles4life says: April 5, 2010 6:12 PM
    Then why do we have the draft after the first round?! Also have you ever heard of Tom Brady? 6th round. Clearly Bill didn’t think he would ever have the ability to become the starter.
    _____________
    I did mention having a break out season didn’t I? I believe Brady would fall under that category.. And my comment was specifically speaking of QB’s in case I gave you any other impression

  47. NFL4EVER says: Apr 5, 2010 7:51 PM

    Eagles4life says:
    April 5, 2010 6:12 PM
    Cincinasty says: “Second Rounder’s are very rarely drafted with the intention’s of being a starter one day.. That’s for first round picks.. break out season’s… and Free Agency… ”
    —————————————————————————
    That’s the dumbest post on here.
    I’ll bet your Eagles fully intend on drafting an eventual starter with the Second rounder they just picked up for McNabb.

  48. Wardrivekeith says: Apr 5, 2010 8:31 PM

    Uhhhh … the article says “high tender” … that’s a far cry from “Franchise”? So … he wouldn’t play and the Eagles use “high tender” which would net a 1st and a 3rd right? And you think anyone would bite? If he’s not the starter? C’mon … this was NOT forced by Kolb! Geez …….. theories, theories … throw’em all at the wall!

  49. .Vox Veritas. says: Apr 5, 2010 10:52 PM

    Told you guys that the 0-3gles messed up by painting themselves into a corner with three count ‘em, THREE QB contracts all coming up at the same time. Man, talk about lack of awareness. These dopes (Reid and Banner) constantly botch personnel issues and I am pleased beyond my own belief that not only did both of them get an extension recently, they were forced to trade McNabb for a pick that they’ll more than likely waste on another slappy.

  50. Eagles4life says: Apr 5, 2010 11:02 PM

    Cincinnasty says: April 5, 2010 7:25 PM
    Says something about break out seasons….
    ——————————————
    Please tell me that you realize that you are saying absolutely nothing with your post.
    When a team drafts any player they clearly are hoping they can become a starter otherwise they wouldn’t draft them.

  51. Floriosadouchebag says: Apr 5, 2010 11:03 PM

    Kolb had one good game vs the Chiefs D and now he thinks he is a superstar. He will flop like all qbs from Houston. How did Ware and Klingler fare in the NFL. Eagles are dumb like my friend Lowell Rikert.

  52. Eagles4life says: Apr 5, 2010 11:05 PM

    NFL4EVER says: April 5, 2010 7:51 PM
    I’ll bet your Eagles fully intend on drafting an eventual starter with the Second rounder they just picked up for McNabb.
    —————————————————-
    I doubt it… although they are apparently now sending someone to scout Tebow. I think its a terrible idea (but Andy likes his QB projects) and they scouted another qb who is expected to go late but his name escapes me. Not to mention this draft will likely be heavily focused on defense with the exception of an early OL pick and maybe one later on.

  53. Eagles4life says: Apr 5, 2010 11:12 PM

    .Vox Veritas. says: April 5, 2010 10:52 PM
    “These dopes (Reid and Banner) constantly botch personnel issues”
    “they were forced to trade McNabb for a pick that they’ll more than likely waste on another slappy. ”
    ——————————————
    There are a lot of things you can critique the Eagles F.O. on but I wouldn’t say they botch personnel issues. They’re widely recognized as one of the better teams in that regard. They have consistently let players go in their “prime” who go on to do nothing. I say this knowing full well that McNabb will be an exception to this statement (as was Dawkins). But lets look at it…the Eagles team was hitting a wall (a wall they’ve hit over and over again) and they needed a change. This was the last year they would be able to get anything for McNabb so better to move him now.
    As for Dawkins I would have liked him to stay but no team in their right mind would have matched what Denver was offering. So I’m glad to see a man that deserves a payday get it.
    As for your second statement… AGAIN the eagles are one of the better teams in the draft. And its not just an eagles fan saying that… there are numerous “experts” or “professionals” that agree.

  54. Opie says: Apr 6, 2010 9:13 AM

    @ SexMonkey says: “……..but Cole’s litany of scandalous, and seemingly arbitrary, absolutes is nothing short of irresponsible. ”
    ______________________________
    Save this, you’ll probably be able to cut and paste it a couple times/week. Just replace Cole’s name with another….

  55. SexMonkey says: Apr 6, 2010 3:03 PM

    I can see that somebody quoted me, but what happened to my original post? I can’t see it…

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