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Eagles getting trade offers for Mike Kafka, too

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A league source tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Eagles have received trade offers for third-string quarterback Mike Kafka. Kafka was a fourth-round pick in last year’s draft.

A motive for this information to be made public is unclear. The team is known to be shopping No. 2 quarterback Kevin Kolb, who as player with plenty of value around the league the Eagles will struggle to justify keeping because he’s in a contract year. And he’s not going to be a 2011 starter. And Philadelphia will be able to secure, at the very least, a high future draft pick for Kolb.

They’d get much less for Kafka. The Eagles may envision the Northwestern graduate as a potential long-term backup with spot-starting capability, but Kafka hasn’t played an NFL snap. Last preseason, Kafka completed just 42.4 percent of his 59 pass attempts with three interceptions and one touchdown. His value is no higher now than it was during the 2010 draft, when Kafka was picked with the 122nd overall selection.

Clearly, plenty of teams weren’t in love with him.

And there’s no reason to think they suddenly are now.

We suppose it can’t hurt for the Eagles to leak this information in hopes of trading Kafka at a future date. Or maybe they’re trying to sell Kafka to Philly fans who are worried the team will be in a much worse spot if it deals Kolb, and relies on only the unproven Kafka behind starter Michael Vick.

Vick has started 16 games just once in his eight-year career.

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41 Responses to “Eagles getting trade offers for Mike Kafka, too”
  1. NFL Football Now says: Apr 17, 2011 3:33 PM

    I’m not surprised, been saying he is better than all the mid-round prospects for the past week.

  2. hobartbaker says: Apr 17, 2011 3:39 PM

    Strange and convoluted quarterbacking situation in Philly. Almost Kafkaesque in nature.

  3. egls7 says: Apr 17, 2011 3:39 PM

    Yea right…

  4. hobartbaker says: Apr 17, 2011 3:56 PM

    Howie Roseman has already turned down one offer for Kafka, when the opposing G.M. didn’t have quite enough change in his pockets.

  5. jhorton83 says: Apr 17, 2011 4:10 PM

    I’d like for Mike Kafka to become a successful NFL quarterback, mainly because it would be amusing for the term Kafkaesque to gain a new meaning.

  6. egreen4590 says: Apr 17, 2011 4:12 PM

    Why would they be receiving trade offers if they can’t even make trades right now?

  7. phillydude24 says: Apr 17, 2011 4:13 PM

    Mike Kafka will start in the NFL one day. Mark my words. Out of all the available qb’s in the draft last year. I was hoping the eagles would pick him to fill the last qb spot on our roster. This guy is a stud and will win games for us or another team someday.

  8. baous says: Apr 17, 2011 4:24 PM

    Kafka is going to be a VERY good backup for Vick once Kolb is traded. He may even be a starter, kid has got potential. I mean if Derek Anderson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Kyle Orton can start, why can’t Kafka? I could see Kafka being the next Kolb.

  9. hobartbaker says: Apr 17, 2011 4:39 PM

    Keep Kafka around just in case. One of these times when Kevin Kolb is out hunting wild boar with a knife he is going to run into one armed with a gun.

  10. gtmann says: Apr 17, 2011 4:39 PM

    The Eagles would be crazy to trade Kolb . We own him cheap (1.4 mil) . And with Vick’s style of play he is bound to get hurt . Plus I saw him regressing to his old Atlanta self late in the season .That pick to close the GB game was just STUPID ! It was 1st down , 33 sec on the clock , and he had Macklin wide open down the middle !!! When Vick goes down , or goes into meltdown , do you really want to hand the keys to Kafka who has NEVER taken a snap in a regular season game ?!!!

  11. burntorangehorn says: Apr 17, 2011 4:46 PM

    Eagles formula: draft quarterback, let him sit, then a season or three later, say teams are offering for him.

  12. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 17, 2011 4:58 PM

    The interest in Kafka could be legit. I remember Seattle giving up quite a lot for Charlie Whitehurst despite the fact that he never threw a regular season pass in 3 seasons as a Charger. I don’t see why Kafka can’t generate the same type of interest.

  13. bobbyhoying says: Apr 17, 2011 5:04 PM

    Maybe Reid can pick QB’s and the rest of the league knows it. He’s generally respected except in Philly.

  14. mad55555 says: Apr 17, 2011 5:12 PM

    Seeing as Andy Reid does nothing but create great QB’s, why would this situation be any different? Does anyone really think AJ Feely is better than KafKa is going to be? They got a 2nd rder for Feely.
    Lets run down the names of qb’s Andy Reid has made work in his system.
    1.Mcnabb
    2. AJ Feely
    3. Ty Detmer
    4. Jeff Garcia
    5. Kevin Kolb
    6. Mike Vick
    7.(soon to be) Mike Kafka
    BOOK IT!

  15. oldbyrd says: Apr 17, 2011 5:15 PM

    I like the kid but, if anything he’s worth less. Based on the play he did get he stunk. Maybe he’s improved and somebody knows something but, certainly not from what was shown on the field.

  16. heimerz says: Apr 17, 2011 5:23 PM

    Kafka could metamorphasis into a great QB overnight.

  17. thefiesty1 says: Apr 17, 2011 5:29 PM

    Good, trade them both and draft Ponder in the second round. They’re going to need someone for the oft injured Vick. Kolb deserves a chance to start somewhere, even with his limited success. Kafka, who? never heard of him.

  18. dewalt2990 says: Apr 17, 2011 5:31 PM

    Call Jerry Jones, he’ll give you a 1st, 3rd, and 6th.

  19. captainwisdom8888 says: Apr 17, 2011 5:51 PM

    Kafka has more talent than people know, but I’d still love Colin Kaepernick to come to Philly and learn for a few years.

  20. staff2cj4td says: Apr 17, 2011 5:53 PM

    they need to trade Vick to have a chance!

  21. bluefan204 says: Apr 17, 2011 6:04 PM

    Why is this a story?

    Oh yeah…..Philly, and their fans, love to overvalue every player on their roster. I almost forgot.

  22. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 17, 2011 6:22 PM

    mick Vick is getting traded. not kafka or Kolb.

    way more value in trade.

  23. wawa33 says: Apr 17, 2011 6:23 PM

    Father of the Year Andy Reid is bad at propoganda.

  24. nfl25 says: Apr 17, 2011 6:27 PM

    sorry but kafka didnt look good in preseason so why would his value be up from last year. kafka could be good in the future but he doesnt look that good right now

  25. mostepicgnar says: Apr 17, 2011 6:28 PM

    Serious offers for Kafka? Or ones where they say, “We will trade you a sack of jelly beans for Kafka?”.

  26. seabreezes51 says: Apr 17, 2011 6:53 PM

    The Eagles are turning into a QB lab.
    Now, if they can just turn more in the way of profit….

  27. snowpea84 says: Apr 17, 2011 7:01 PM

    Well whoever the Eagles backup si will get plenty of experience with an injury prone loser ahead of him on the depth chart.

  28. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 17, 2011 7:32 PM

    The value for a good young prospect (being a 4th round pick ain’t like having an “I suck” note pinned on your back) who has been coached by andy reid and co. may isn’t gonna be better than a 4th round pick I wouldn’t think, so I’ll give you that. But Kafka is good, and the author is obviously uninformed there. But the best value for him is on the eagles roster. Kolb, if he fetches a mid to high 1st rounder, even in 2012, will be gone.

  29. jkaflagg says: Apr 17, 2011 8:29 PM

    A.J Feeley….

    ….Need I say more ?

  30. MichaelEdits says: Apr 17, 2011 8:43 PM

    If someone trades for Kafka, he might have a metamorphosis

  31. lostsok says: Apr 17, 2011 8:46 PM

    They must be serving LSD in the offices of the Eagles. If they hadn’t overdrafted Kafka, he MIGHT have been picked up in the 7th. In a year when no one can sign street free agents, no one is paying for a 3rd string project QB. They certainly won’t better the 4th they wasted on this guy. Right now they might get a 2012 7th and navel lint, but that’s about it…

  32. nfl fan says: Apr 17, 2011 8:52 PM

    Humm? What if I do this, then do that, …

    It’s just Andy Reid out thinking himself again, kind of what he does with the game clock, time outs, challenges, and gadget plays.

  33. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 17, 2011 9:06 PM

    Funny how these trade inquiries are always/only coming from the Eagles.

  34. joyjoy69 says: Apr 17, 2011 9:13 PM

    Perhaps the Eagles want people to think they may draft a QB?

  35. bobbyhoying says: Apr 17, 2011 10:01 PM

    Just remember. Reid signed Mike Vick when every other coach and every writer knew it was a stupid move. Is was stupid wasn’t it? (Sarcasm intended.)

  36. quizguy66 says: Apr 18, 2011 2:31 AM

    I can only think of two reasons this would come up now.

    1) They are actually interested in taking Kaepernick to develop him after a couple of years to take over the gig.

    2) They are actually trying to make teams think they are interested in taking Kaepernick to develop him after a couple of years so that someone else takes him and bumps a better player down to them.

    -QG

  37. melonnhead says: Apr 18, 2011 7:26 AM

    Yeah it was kinda stupid to sign Vick. They could have made the playoffs and gotten bounced out early with McNabb, maybe won a playoff game or two in the process. The idea is to upgrade, not downgrade.

  38. TheDPR says: Apr 18, 2011 9:29 AM

    “Just remember. Reid signed Mike Vick when every other coach and every writer knew it was a stupid move. Is was stupid wasn’t it? (Sarcasm intended.)”

    Absolutely. He regressed dramatically as the season went on and by the end he was close to the same Mike Vick who never won anything in Atlanta. He actually played better before he got his instincts back, when he had to actually trust the system and play within it. Once he got comfortable again, he got comfortable doing his own thing, which is exciting but isn’t going to win any championships.

    I have no faith in his ability to win a Super Bowl. He’s just way too dumb.

  39. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 18, 2011 11:17 AM

    Yo “the DPR”- Vick had one bad game. Period. Vs. Minn. Led the offense vs GB in the playoffs better than you are giving him credit for vs a defense that I heard was pretty good. I think they won the supergame or whatever it’s called… Vick underthrew the pass to cooper at the end, but it’s unfair to say it wasn’t the right read. 1st down, got a 1ft height advantage on the DB in the back corner- good decision. Just gotta put it to the back corner.

    Hate hate hate hate. Man, i hope we have a season. Birds are gonna RULE.

  40. macjacmccoy says: Apr 18, 2011 3:43 PM

    Or maybe they like someone in this years draft more then Kafka and are trying to get there investment into Kafka back so they wouldnt have to spend one of there current picks to get him or so they can have more ammunition in case they need to move up in 2nd or 3rd round to get him.

    I would be very annoyed if they used a pick that early to get a qb when they have so many other needs but I just have a feeling its gonna happen. And getting a pick back for Kafka could be a scheme they’re trying to pull to soften the backlash for the fan base when they use a high draft pick on a guy like Andy Dalton. By acting like it really doesnt count that they used a 2nd round pick on him bc they got a 4th in return for Kafka. Which would be total BS but something I wouldnt put past them doing.

    The only thing good about this lockout is the fact that them not being able to make a trade before the draft might kill the possibility of them doing something like that.

  41. philliesphan says: Apr 20, 2011 4:00 PM

    Andy Reid saying he is going to trade Kolb and Kafka is a good sign since he usally does the opposite. We should trade Vick now while his stock is somewhat high, because midway through the year, he won’t be worth much.

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