At least three teams are contemplating making a run at Kevin Kolb, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter hinting that at least one coming from the NFC West.
It would be a shocker if the Seahawks weren’t one of the interested teams.
As Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune pointed out in a chat Tuesday, the Seahawks were very interested in acquiring Kolb last year. The Eagles didn’t want to move Kolb, so Seattle wound up settling for Charlie Whitehurst.
So just how interested were the Seahawks last year?
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported at the time the Seahawks were calling “non-stop” about the Eagles quarterbacks, and CSNPhilly.com said the Seahawks were only interested in Kolb.
The more we think about it, the more that Seattle looks like the most logical fit for Kolb this offseason, if a CBA is reached before the draft. Three big reasons why:
1. Kolb fits what the Seahawks want to do on offense.
Pete Carroll fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and brought in Darrell Bevell in part because he wanted a more traditional West Coast offense based on short timing throws.
That’s Kolb’s skill set in a nutshell.
2. Their quarterback need is even greater than last year, when they wanted Kolb.
Williams believes the Seahawks will bring in two quarterbacks to compete with Whitehurst, which basically says Whitehurst is a fallback option and could get cut. And despite all the nice things the Seahawks have said about Matt Hasselbeck, they haven’t re-signed him and surely want to go younger at the position if possible.
There won’t be a ready-made starter at quarterback available at pick No. 25 in the first round. Williams hears the team isn’t that high on Jake Locker anyhow.
3. Pete Caroll is not afraid to be bold.
Carroll and G.M. John Schneider have shown the willingness to do whatever is necessary in order to get the guy they want. In general, they have not been cautious since taking over in Seattle.
Being bold didn’t work when acquiring Whitehurst, but we’d expect them to try again with Kolb this year.