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Seattle could be best fit for a Kevin Kolb trade

Eagles quarterback Kolb throws a pass against the Cowboys during the second quarter of their NFL football game in Philadelphia AP

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.

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  1. mdpickles says: Mar 8, 2011 10:43 AM

    The Eagles will ask for a 1st rd pick and their best O-lineman for Kolb. Seattle won’t bite, but I bet the Redskins do.

  2. gregjennings85 says: Mar 8, 2011 10:52 AM

    Sounds like that Whitehurst trade will be setting the franchise back a few years.

    Ted Thompson >>>>>>>>>>>> John Schneider

  3. songbre says: Mar 8, 2011 10:52 AM

    so “Seattle could be the best fit for Kevin Kolb trade … ”
    and what exactly, in your opinion would the Seahawks offer the Eagles for him? You only print half a story … Who gives a dam about the Seattle perspective …

  4. wellthatsaloadofcrap says: Mar 8, 2011 10:53 AM

    Dear God let the CBA get done

  5. hitdog042 says: Mar 8, 2011 10:54 AM

    Write this down so you can give me credit when it happens.

    Carson Palmer will be traded to Seattle. Bengals will use some combination of the return to trade for Kevin Kolb.

    Bengals will over pay, prob sending Seattle’s first round pick to Philly, while retaining their own first round pick.

    Bengals will also draft a QB, will release Jordan Palmer (thank god).

    They will be left with 1. Kolb 2. Gabbert/Mallett/Ponder and 3. LeFevour.

    Getting things done and moving on.

  6. We'reFineThere says: Mar 8, 2011 10:54 AM

    Cards are worse off at QB, have a coach on the brink, a WR they need to appease. Cards are more likely in my opinion but you can make a case for all 3 NFC-West teams who didn’t have the first pick last year.

  7. tombrookshire says: Mar 8, 2011 10:55 AM

    There is a fine line, at times, hard to see, between daring and dumb. It would depend on where Seattle drafts in the first round, vs. where other teams with NO quarterback draft in the first round. It also depends on the level of arrogance of those coaches who think they can coach up a career backup to start at quarterback rather than trade a first round pick for Kolb.

  8. pkrjones says: Mar 8, 2011 10:58 AM

    Not that I want him off of the Packers roster, but the Seahawks would be better off making a run at Matt Flynn.
    A 2nd rounder won’t get either one of them, so pony-up #25 for Flynn and enjoy 10 years of success from another Packer-QB trade.

  9. drjoemck says: Mar 8, 2011 10:58 AM

    Nope. Kolb will cost too much in trade. That ship sailed when the Hawks invested in Whitehurst. I don’t think Williams has a good read on this one. I think they really do like Matthew and will give him a three year deal (not two). If they don’t take Ponder in first (or drop back to early 2nd), then they will wait until next year to get a QB of the future. Sure they may replace Losman, but I believe the Hawks go into the season with Hass and Whitehurst as #1 and #2 and spend this off season shoring up that offensive line to give Matthew a fighting chance with a running game and some protection – might even make Tate and Butler look better if that line makes a positive impact for a change.

  10. nekelund says: Mar 8, 2011 11:02 AM

    Maybe Carroll should sign Matt Leinert and Reggie Bush – get the old gang back together.

  11. seizure386 says: Mar 8, 2011 11:06 AM

    Kolb has played a few good games, but what’s to say when teams get more tape on him he’s not just another average qb?

    As a Cowboys fan, I’d rather see Kolb back there for the Eagles than Vick… Am I crazy?

  12. tombradyswig says: Mar 8, 2011 11:06 AM

    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.

    I’d think 3 of the 4 teams in the NFC Worst would like to get KK!!

  13. goawayeverybody says: Mar 8, 2011 11:08 AM

    Kolb to Arizona.

  14. bleedingreen says: Mar 8, 2011 11:10 AM

    Ofcourse as we know, none of it matters unless there’s a cba in place. Then again as dumb as Andy is, he would take the 25th pick for Kolb, and probably trade it down anyway.

  15. rayvens says: Mar 8, 2011 11:10 AM

    i dont get all the hype about Kolb. He is a game manager at best..thats just my opinion.

  16. jimmysee says: Mar 8, 2011 11:27 AM

    Dang — we were hoping he’d land in Minnesota.

  17. lbcoach34 says: Mar 8, 2011 11:27 AM

    Interesting how you can be handed the job; get beat out by Vick – and have your FA market value still go up!

  18. gtmann says: Mar 8, 2011 11:40 AM

    The Eagles would be crazy to trade Kolb. With Vick’s style of play he is bound to get hurt. Plus I saw him regressing to his old Atlanta self. That pick he threw to close the GB game was just STUPID !!! 1st down. 33 seconds on the clock. and he had Maclin wide open down the middle. When Vick goes down, do you really want to give the keys to Kafka ?!!!!

  19. goawayeverybody says: Mar 8, 2011 11:47 AM

    Kolb annihilated the Falcons. He’s only had a handful of starts and may be the real deal. We don’t know yet, because he hasn’t been given the opportunity.

  20. sterling7 says: Mar 8, 2011 11:50 AM

    Me thinks Kolb could very well wind up in Minnesota. Minnesota gives up a 2 and a 4 this year and a contingent 3 next year. Minesota uses the 1 for defensive help this year?

  21. eagles7to10 says: Mar 8, 2011 11:57 AM

    Kolb is going to be the real deal. Let’s see, 4 career starts and 2 player of the week awards. Guys got game. Would love to keep him here in Philly but he won’t re-sign here after next year with Vick still being here, and let’s be honest, Vick ain’t going anywhere. Write this down and take it to the bank, eagles will get a first round plus for KK.

  22. bengalanthony13 says: Mar 8, 2011 12:00 PM

    hitdog042 says:
    Mar 8, 2011 10:54 AM
    Write this down so you can give me credit when it happens.

    Carson Palmer will be traded to Seattle. Bengals will use some combination of the return to trade for Kevin Kolb.

    Bengals will over pay, prob sending Seattle’s first round pick to Philly, while retaining their own first round pick.

    Bengals will also draft a QB, will release Jordan Palmer (thank god).

    They will be left with 1. Kolb 2. Gabbert/Mallett/Ponder and 3. LeFevour.

    Getting things done and moving on.

    ————————————————–

    I’ve said this for a while myself. People don’t seem to realize how much sense this actually makes. The Bengals just hired a new Offensive Coordinator (Jay Gruden), who is implementing the West Coast Offense. They ALSO hired a new WR Coach (Urban), who was a former Offensive Assistant Coach with Philadelphia. He worked directly with Kolb there. A lot of signs point to Kolb landing in Cincy. I also think they’re looking really hard at Ponder at the top of round 2.

    BUT, I’ve recently begun to doubt that. Mike Brown is painfully REactive and hardly ever PROactive in making moves. A perfect example is how he’s sat on his hands and not signed his best defensive player, Johnathan Joseph, while the CBA negotiations drag out. He also RARELY trades draft picks and has consistently bends over backwards for Palmer’s wishes.

    If Palmer truly gets traded and/or a scenario like this plays out for the Bengals, I think it will show just how much sway Marvin Lewis gained with he re-signing this offseason.

  23. hooterdawg says: Mar 8, 2011 12:06 PM

    “Being bold didn’t work when acquiring Whitehurst, but we’d expect them to try again with Kolb this year.”

    Whitehurst was not given a chance to play. Bates was fired partially for his failure to develop the talent depth on the team – including Whitehurst. Charlie did get the NFC West championship win over the Rams, during which game Hasselbeck pouted on camera on the sidelines. I don’t think Hasselbeck will be brought back because the ‘HAwks only want to pay him backup money, and he has shown he is unwilling to accept that role.

  24. b7p19 says: Mar 8, 2011 12:10 PM

    “i dont get all the hype about Kolb. He is a game manager at best..thats just my opinion.”

    A game manager that has twice won offensive player of the week? i would argue that he’s much closer to the other side of the spectrum. He has had great games (destroying the falcons last year) and poor games. His propensity to throw a few too many picks in those bad games is the one thing that will make other teams pause.

    It’s fine to have an opinion of the guy, but you seem off base here.

  25. chargersfan4life says: Mar 8, 2011 12:30 PM

    Ok, I do not see Kolb going to the Seahawks, Didn’t Hasselback do pretty damn good in the playoffs! For crying out loud, the Seahawks upset the Saints, and were on their way to coming back against the bears. Hasselback is alright for a quarterback, I could see them drafting a quarterback in the draft though. Kolb’s most likely destinations are: 1. Cardinals, 2. 49ers, 3. Bengals( because of the situation with Carson Palmer)

  26. goldrush36 says: Mar 8, 2011 12:34 PM

    That’s fine with me. Let him go to Seattle because I would rather have Flynn in San Francisco. I don’t see what all the hype is on Kolb. He was average at best in the games he has played. I think Flynn has more upside and would fit great working under Harbaugh. Plus he would be cheaper to acquire. Kolb is not worth a high 1st round pick. Certainly not worth a 5th or 7th for AZ or SF, but somebody may need to make that decision vs the QB’s in this draft. Trade a 2nd for Flynn and re-sign Smith as an emergency plan for the year. They have a grace period to see what Harbaugh can do with the QB’s. If the pieces aren’t there, then they are still not highly invested and can draft a QB in next year’s deeper pool of talent. Luck and Barkley alone are leaps and bounds better than all the QB’s in this draft.

  27. ruthlessonfurburger says: Mar 8, 2011 12:46 PM

    lbcoach34 says:
    Mar 8, 2011 11:27 AM
    Interesting how you can be handed the job; get beat out by Vick – and have your FA market value still go up!

    ————————————————-

    The only reason Kolb was “beat out” by Vick was because the offensive line was basically a turnstyle the entire year. Reid did Kolb a favor by benching him and starting the more elusive Vick. Hell, he probably saved his life. Vick, as fast and elusive as he is still took a pounding, especially against teams with a good front four.

    Kolb is playing the “good soldier” and saying exactly what he’s supposed to, but you know he will welcome the chance to play for a team that can at least offer SOME kind of pass protection.

  28. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 8, 2011 12:49 PM

    so I am a diehard Birds fan. . I have been to each game Kolb started. The guy CANNOT THROW the ball over 50 yards. check the tape. & he woulda had another pick if Cooper doesnt run back ten yards and hop in front of the DB for that spectacular catch.

    The Bengals fan had good insight into this matter. I’d look for Kolb’s value to be high for a team that has guys that have coached him(cincy) or drafted him (heckart in CLE). either way Philly really can hold out and ask for a high 1st round. but they wont wanna break top 10 for financial purposes. & if they do , they will trade down or just use the pick to go after a franchised player.

    Philly needs talent in 3 main spots to even have a shot for a championship.. We need at least 2 more studs @ CB. 2 more @ LB and 2 more @ OL… they need a RT and RG. . giants and cowboys are both gonna buff up the 3-4 DL in this draft. philly would have to be dumb to ignore that.

    go birds

  29. pwall1 says: Mar 8, 2011 12:51 PM

    I think this might be the trade that goes through, only because Seattle might be the only team willing to give up their first round pick. I have a hard time seeing a team like Arizona or Cincy giving up a high draft pick for Kolb.

  30. nothimagain says: Mar 8, 2011 1:23 PM

    Carroll and his ginger friend took over a team severely lacking talent. Their best option would be to let Matt go, keep Whitehurst and make him the starter, try to win every game, but don’t get too upset when you have the worst record in 2011 and Andrew Luck leaves for the 2012 draft.

  31. We'reFineThere says: Mar 8, 2011 1:25 PM

    myeaglescantwin… i understand all the jokes about Joe Banner/Howie Roseman and pennypinching but they would absolutely take a top 10 pick regardless of payout…. true they would never Move up into the Top 10… because the value of the $ and the Picks is too much… but I think even these guys would take the top 10 pick, because hey they can always move back.

  32. rushbacker says: Mar 8, 2011 1:33 PM

    If I had to guess right now, I’d say Kolb ends up in Arizona. I douby anyone’s going to give a first for him, but the Cards do have a high second. Plus they really need to bring in a legit quarterback if they want to re-sign Fitzgerald. Kolb is ready to play now, and it would save the team from having to take a chance on a questionable prospect like Gabbert or Newton with their number five overall pick. I think the Seahwaks will decide to re-sign Hasselbeck rather than get into a bidding war that’s going to cost their first round pick, especially after trading for Whitehurst last year.

  33. birdobeamen says: Mar 8, 2011 1:35 PM

    Myeaglescantwin — you’re an idiot. If you want to judge Kolb on just the TEnnessee game than you don’t know football. It was a windy day and Kerry Collins wasn’t really on point either….all he did was throw it up and let Kenny Britt outjump Ellis Hobbs all day.

    Kolb has talent. In the 7 games he started, we have seen enough of him to know that he has what it takes to be a start in the NFL. Will he be a hall of famer? No way of knowing until he’s given the chance to PLAY.

  34. dhawk12 says: Mar 8, 2011 2:23 PM

    Wait…so someone is actually suggesting that Seattle gives up a 1st round pick for Palmer, and then Cinci uses that pick as part of a package for Kolb? Why would Seattle give up a 1st round pick for Palmer? He’s had injury issues and I doubt Carroll is convinced that his shoulder is OK.

    I’m not convinced that Kolb is going to be an elite QB that is worthy of two high draft picks, but I’d sooner part with a 1st round pick for Kolb than for Palmer. Your “mark it down” prediction holds no water.

  35. finalyst says: Mar 8, 2011 4:29 PM

    Can the Seahawks offer more than the #7 pick in this year’s draft (49ers)?

  36. blowmerepubs says: Mar 8, 2011 11:02 PM

    Anyone but Turnoverbeck.

  37. covercorner says: Mar 9, 2011 2:01 AM

    The Charlie Whitehurst trade was one of the worst trades in a while.

  38. sowcrates says: Mar 9, 2011 3:56 AM

    The bottom line is that any team willing to trade for Kolb should expect the same delay in the return of their investment that Houston did with Schaub. In Schaub’s 3rd year as a starter, he finally looked worth the picks traded for him.

    The likelihood of the trade might be lower, but I think the San Francisco 49ers might be the best spot for Kolb to land. Outside of Nate Clements and Justin Smith, their defense is fairly young. They are very young at offense, both on the O-line and in the skill positions.

    With Kolb, Gore, Crabtree, Davis and Joe Staley (as well as their other young offensive linemen) all under contract longer-termed and all 27 years of age or younger, and if SF’s front office is willing to give 3 years minimum to a new coaching staff, this offense could have a chance to gel.

    On defense, they’ll lose Justin Smith and Nate Clements to free agency, physical decay or injury before their offense fully blossoms, but the rest of that defense is young and has years left of productivity.

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