Eagles backup quarterback Kevin Kolb is hoping Andy Reid will trade him to a place where he can start. Former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell is telling Kolb not to trust Reid to do what’s best for anyone other than Reid.
In an interview with WIP in Philadelphia, Mitchell laughed and said, “Yeah, OK” when asked about a report that Reid promised Kolb, “I’ll do what’s best for you.”
“Believe that if you want, Kevin,” Mitchell said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “Believe that if you want. I’ll tell you what, Andy Reid, I love him to death. He’s like my father and whatever else, but I’m gonna keep it real. Andy is going to do what is best for the Philadelphia Eagles.”
Mitchell then told a story of his own trade request.
“I tried,” Mitchell said. “I said, ‘Hey, coach Reid, I had problems with Donovan McNabb. You know I can’t eat off 12 catches a year. I need more catches. I’m doing all the things with the blocking and whatever else to make it happen. I need more catches. Donovan will not throw me the ball.’ Andy Reid was like, ‘OK, Fred, well just don’t tell nobody. You don’t have to come to this next mini-camp. We’re going to try to . . . I know a couple of teams and we’re going to try to trade you.’ At the end of the day what he tried to do was he tried to put a price tag on me that nobody was even going to touch. When they found out that they wasn’t going to touch me, he released me, and then the blackball began with all kinds of dirt saying I was a cancer to the team.”
Of course, the difference between Kolb and Mitchell is that Kolb has trade value and Mitchell didn’t. Mitchell just wasn’t a particularly good player, and that’s why the Eagles couldn’t find any trading partners to take him off their hands.
Still, Mitchell does make a good point when he says Reid is going to do what’s best for the Eagles. Kolb is valuable to the Eagles as Michael Vick’s backup, and Reid isn’t just going to give Kolb away to be a nice guy. He’s only going to trade Kolb if some team makes an offer to his liking.
And so Mitchell’s advice to Kolb is reasonable.
“Kevin Kolb, do not think them guys or anybody in the NFL is your friend,” Kolb said. “The only friend that you have is your agent and if you’re a left or right-handed quarterback is your arm. That’s it. Them guys at the end of the day they are going to go and save their job, save their butt, and go out and do what’s best for the Philadelphia Eagles.”
Just like Reid and Co. did what was best for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005, when they sent Mitchell packing.