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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 “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.

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67 Responses to “Freddie Mitchell warns Kevin Kolb about Andy Reid”
  1. krow101 says: May 31, 2011 1:50 PM

    I thought Ko(l)b was being traded for 10 #1 picks?

  2. madtolive5 says: May 31, 2011 1:51 PM

    all you need to know about Fred Ex

    “[a]ll he does is talk. He’s terrible, and you can print that. I was happy when he was in the game.

  3. kingotnw says: May 31, 2011 1:52 PM

    Why would the Eagles not do what is best for them? Why would anyone expect any different? Silly.

  4. doe22us says: May 31, 2011 1:53 PM

    is Fred Ex still selling fried chicken???

  5. moochzilla says: May 31, 2011 1:55 PM

    “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. ”

    Reid must have asked for a half dozen used cups.

  6. bjavie says: May 31, 2011 1:57 PM

    Kevin Kolb was a second round pick out of Houston who MIGHT be a good NFL quarterback. If he were so sought after he’d have gone in the first round, not the second round with people raising eyebrows when he did.

    Let’s quit acting like this dude is wearing Aaron Rogers’ shoes, or something like that.

  7. 90ragtop says: May 31, 2011 1:57 PM

    Freddie Mitchell’s problem was that he is “all hat and no cattle.”

  8. duanethomas says: May 31, 2011 1:58 PM

    Freddy Mitchell is lucky Roberto Duran didnt sue him for stealing his nickname…”hands of stone”. Why throw to a guy who couldn’t get open and on the rare occasion he did get open he batted the ball down like a DB. Now what kind of trade value does a player like that have? Teams just said we’ll just wait until you guys cut him, and bring him in for a look see. He’s funny……

  9. skane2005 says: May 31, 2011 2:00 PM

    There must be ABSOLUTELY nothing to talk about if Fred Ex is getting air time. What a joke.

  10. bristerfan says: May 31, 2011 2:00 PM

    Still one of the classic post game interviews – “I’d like to thank my hands…”. Good to see he’s still alive.

  11. jeffro33 says: May 31, 2011 2:03 PM


    “Andy Reid is going to do what’s best for the Philadelphia Eagles…”

    Interesting strategy…

    Freddie, the time away from football and on reality tv has not helped – you are still a moron.

  12. eaglesfan290 says: May 31, 2011 2:06 PM

    This is just a stupid story, let’s get realistic Freddie Mitchell was a first round draft pick who had 5 TD’s in his entire career!

    Mitchell’s trade value maybe had to do with the fact he sucked, not that no one would throw him the ball! Then again who would throw the ball to a guy that never catches the ball, so maybe that is why no one threw to him?

    The fact is no one gets blacked balled in the NFL look at TO; if you can play a team will sign you.

    Bill Belichick who almost never bad mouths any player once said all the guy does is talk he can’t play!

  13. ICDogg says: May 31, 2011 2:07 PM

    Freddie was a disaster, for the most part, but he made a couple of very memorable catches, you can’t take that away from him.

    Always a fun interview.

  14. rogerfromoz says: May 31, 2011 2:07 PM

    Fred couldn’t catch a cold….and you wonder why Donovan wouldn’t throw to him?

  15. doncornelious says: May 31, 2011 2:11 PM

    We are so desperate for football that we resort to Bernard Hopkins and Fred Mitchell for Eagles stories.

  16. thefirstsmilergrogan says: May 31, 2011 2:12 PM

    the worst thing in remembering freddy mitchell is being reminded that andy, joe, tom and the eagles braintrust passed on reggie wayne to pick his sorry ass….

  17. briang123 says: May 31, 2011 2:13 PM

    Sure, Andy Reid blackballed FredEx and no one signed him on Andy’s bad words. Please. NFL teams would sign Blackbeard if he could go over the middle and outjump CB’s on the fade route.

  18. scoops1 says: May 31, 2011 2:15 PM

    did you really have to show a pic of 4th and 26….

    i know its the Vikings day on worst moments but C’mon mannnn

  19. nfl25 says: May 31, 2011 2:15 PM

    freddie mitchell got released which is a million times better than being traded. u think kolb wouldnt love to be released and pick whatever team wants him? freddie is a wackjob, always has been.

  20. flyinhighwithvick says: May 31, 2011 2:16 PM

    Freddie isn’t a bad guy, I met him once. He was in a bar in Philly hitting on some young white girls (surprise surprise), but there are 2 sides to every story, and Freddie’s “who me?” stuff got old quick.

  21. hoobsher says: May 31, 2011 2:16 PM


    why cant you just go away, fred?

  22. ejmat2 says: May 31, 2011 2:17 PM

    First of all Freddie, you’re just not that good. You were not in demand and Kolb is. 2nd, it is the HC’s job to do what is best for the TEAM. Players want free agency. They have it yet they can’t live with the rules that go with it.

  23. romoscollarbone says: May 31, 2011 2:18 PM

    I met Fred Ex, at the Borgota in AC a few weeks after the season wrapped up when he had that absurd 4th and 26 conversion. One of the coolest athletes I ever met. He was there with Westbrook and one of the big uglies. Westbrook might be 5’5, at the time it amazed me he was in the NFL. Although dude was extremely wide.

    Fred Ex on the other hand was not that tall and just skinny. Def dropped many passes and generally wasn’t that fast. That’s why McNabb really didn’t throw to him. Anyway, he was still a cool guy. And better than alligator arms Stinkston.

  24. sgtr0c says: May 31, 2011 2:18 PM

    Fred, the Eagles were the only team to have you on a roster during a season, the only reason, that anyone even knows you. KC cut you before the season started, Dallas didn’t offer you a contract, Cleveland didn’t offer you a contract, no one wanted you. The Eagles haven’t spent the last 6 years trying to keep you from a job, you are just bad.

    I hope Kolb does look out for himself, but taking advice from you is like taking stock tips from a homeless person.

    Enjoy your interviews with Eskin, he is all you got.

  25. cliverush says: May 31, 2011 2:19 PM

    Is this the same Freddie with the 16in. arms?

  26. dontouchmyjunk says: May 31, 2011 2:21 PM

    You’ll always have 4th and 26, FredEx. One of the greatest clutch catch and throws in Eagles history. This despite what the knuckleheads above think of your hands.

  27. teke184 says: May 31, 2011 2:25 PM

    I don’t think Andy blackballed Fred-Ex.

    I think the problem is that Fred-Ex had a habit of letting his mouth write checks that his performance couldn’t cover.

    TO and Ocho Cinco could get away with that crap because they produced. Mitchell? Not so much.

  28. airraid77 says: May 31, 2011 2:25 PM

    Big evil nfl executives taking a crap on the little guy….that was the point of the story wasnt it. I am just waiting for the hints of how racist andy is.

  29. geo1113 says: May 31, 2011 2:26 PM

    All of this is really dumb. Kolb knows that he gains nothing if he were to say he doesn’t trust Andy. He also knows this is business and in business, the Eagles aren’t going to give him away. He also knows that if he acts like Freddie Micthell, his value goes down.

  30. schemefactory says: May 31, 2011 2:27 PM

    i remember him saying he didn’t know where wisconsin was, and that they didn’t deserve to be in the rosebowl. i think that was right before ron dayne got 339 yards on his team..

  31. breeshasabush says: May 31, 2011 2:29 PM

    seriously….can the vikings really be that terrible???

  32. drmonkeyarmy says: May 31, 2011 2:30 PM

    Complete non story because as many have mentioned Freddy was just terrible….but we will always have 4th and 26.

  33. griblets says: May 31, 2011 2:33 PM

    “The only friend that you have is your agent and if you’re a left or right-handed quarterback is your arm.”

    What’s the alternative, a no-handed QB?

  34. birdobeamen says: May 31, 2011 2:34 PM

    I’ve been an Eagles fan all my life.

    Who is Freddie Mitchell?

  35. digirootune says: May 31, 2011 2:35 PM

    “Kevin Kolb, do not think them guys or anybody in the NFL is your friend,” Kolb said.

    Rickey Henderson approved.

  36. sweded775 says: May 31, 2011 2:36 PM

    Is this guy still hanging with Urkel?

  37. caseysarasota says: May 31, 2011 2:36 PM

    one of these days Fred-Ex will realize how irrelevant he and his interviews are. He really needs to start looking for a teaching job or maybe spokesperson for Fed-Ex…thats about the only kind of “center of attention” he will get.

  38. therealsmiley says: May 31, 2011 2:41 PM

    Aren’t coaches supposed to do what’s best for the team? Hail!

  39. hanifmiller says: May 31, 2011 2:43 PM


  40. stevo8drum says: May 31, 2011 2:49 PM


    The eagles just traded Fred x’s mouth to the redskins for a 2nd round pick.

  41. jakek2 says: May 31, 2011 2:49 PM

    Poor Freddie. If getting cut isn’t bad enough, he even got dumped by some slobby gold digger on the Millionaire Matchmaker show. Which begs the question…who knew Freddie was a millionaire?

  42. dwoofer says: May 31, 2011 2:49 PM

    Two oddities:

    He “absolutely loves” him, even after being screwed over?

    “The only friend that you have is your agent and if you’re a left or right-handed quarterback is your arm.” Is there a third arm to choose from?

  43. karlpilkington says: May 31, 2011 2:50 PM

    Say it isnt so, you mean another head coach besides Shanahan lies.

  44. racerx2k11 says: May 31, 2011 2:52 PM

    I’m no QB and even I know that my arm is my best friend.

  45. willycents says: May 31, 2011 2:58 PM

    no matter how bad he might have been, his production right now is equal to all the receivers in the entire NFL….they have all caught every ball thrown at them in a game….lol….Their production can only get better as games are played.

  46. seabreezes51 says: May 31, 2011 3:01 PM

    It is Andy’s job to do what is best for the Eagles.

    No story here

  47. jamoe17 says: May 31, 2011 3:14 PM

    In Freddie’s defense…he was the NFL originator of the ‘belt’ celebration. The one an actual NFL star re-invented and popularize almost ten years later. So there is that one thing…

  48. tombrookshire says: May 31, 2011 3:16 PM

    Makes every list as an all time first round bust.

  49. roceagles says: May 31, 2011 3:31 PM

    “Them guys”? One of many reasons to ignore Freddie Mitchell.

  50. patsandsox says: May 31, 2011 3:37 PM

    I seem to remember fred talking smack before the superbowl

    “[a]ll he does is talk. He’s terrible, and you can print that. I was happy when he was in the game.”

    That was a quote from Belicheck after fred was a no show in the superbowl.

  51. deadmanwalking47 says: May 31, 2011 3:42 PM

    i would trust andy reid or the philly loser fans as far as i could sling them!

  52. lbcoach34 says: May 31, 2011 3:49 PM

    What is Reid supposed to do? He is the head-coach…no one player or coach is above the TEAM.

  53. wferg1121 says: May 31, 2011 3:49 PM

    “Normally tight-lipped coach Bill Belichick later said of Mitchell, “all he does is talk. He’s terrible, and you can print that. I was happy when he was in the game.”

    Freddie helped redefined the WR position while with the Eagles, because there was no WR during that period.
    If Mcnabb had the current collection of recievers while he was in his prime, as a Giants fan I believe they win 1-3 superbowls. Eagles wasted Mcnabbs career and blew an opportunity when the NFC was down.

  54. hank10 says: May 31, 2011 3:56 PM

    To focus a little Freddy’s point, Kolb knows all too well not to trust King Andy. After Kolb’s concussion in Game 1, King Andy promised him he would not loose his job to injury. Guess what. He did. To an (at the time, and perhaps current) unproven Vick.

    So let’s recap what happened to the QB of the future after one game as starter. One-half of terrible football + a concussion + assurance not to loose starting job = benching for the rest of the season.

    Time’s yours (pass me the burgers).

  55. kspells12345 says: May 31, 2011 4:16 PM


    You forgot that we took that bum over not only Reggie Wayne….but:

    Ochocinco – 2nd round
    Steve Smith – 3rd round
    Chris Chambers – 4th round
    TJ Houshmanzadeh – 7th round

    What an awful draft pick….other than 4th and 26….waste of space.

  56. 4512dawg4512 says: May 31, 2011 4:19 PM

    Freddie and all his self given nick names. Worst thing the Eagles ever did was screw T.O over

  57. scorpiodsu says: May 31, 2011 4:30 PM

    Yeah it was Donovan’s fault you couldn’t get open and had 0 speed. We all know McNabb wasn’t the most accurate passer but come on Freddy, there’s a reason you didn’t get the ball then and why you were out the league shortly after being released. YOU WEREN’T AS GOOD AND YOU THINK YOU WERE.

    Having said that, Reid is going to do what’s best for the Eagles regardless of what anyone says. We saw that last year when he said McNabb was his QB and he traded him. Then he said Kolb was his QB after Vick spear headed a comeback against the Packers where Kolb looked awful and then 2 very good games by Vick. What happens next, Kolb is benched. Then he said McDermott was the DC…. shortly thereafter he gets canned too. So Reid will do what he thinks is best for him and the team. Period. I’m not so sure that any other coach wouldn’t make decisions based on what’s best for the team. If they did, they probably won’t be coaching that long.

  58. realitypolice says: May 31, 2011 4:52 PM

    Freddy should be thanking Andy Reid for stupidly drafting him in the first round, resulting in a contract far greater than that which he deserved.

    I am thankful for this article, though. It caused me to search his Wikipedia page and learn that he appeared appeared on Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker”.

    That made my day.

    What are the chances that Freddy Mitchell is still a millionaire?

  59. realitypolice says: May 31, 2011 4:54 PM


    Didn’t mean to bogart your millionaire matchmaker joke. I hadn’t read your post when I put up mine.

  60. kingjoe1 says: May 31, 2011 5:25 PM

    Reid has been a master at getting more out of players than is warranted by their talents. Mitchell was in the league longer than he deserved. The proof is simply to look at his career after the Eagles.
    Further support for this argument is Donovan McNabb. Reid made D-Mac look like a star, now that he doesnt have Reid there to cover up his difficiencies, …well Rex Grossman beat him out for the QB job.

  61. commandercornpone says: May 31, 2011 5:57 PM

    reid had him pegged…

    the only reason fred ex has lived this long is he is such fun to make fun of. he invites it.

  62. bradshawlives says: May 31, 2011 6:06 PM

    Let me get this straight…….the coach of the team is going to do what’s best for the team. What a jerk.

  63. geniusesq says: May 31, 2011 6:17 PM

    Freddie Mitchell had even less balls on Millionaire Matchmaker.

  64. december77 says: May 31, 2011 6:36 PM

    A head coach is going to do what’s best for his team. Wow. That’s profound…

  65. MichaelEdits says: May 31, 2011 8:55 PM

    The real news here is that Fred Ex still gets interviewed. Are you ready for some football?

  66. waynefontes says: Jun 3, 2011 10:19 AM

    Let’s see – Fred Ex, some guy shooting a bear, 200 lockout stories….

    I never thought I would long for the good old days when we just talked about Brett Favre.

  67. bcgreg says: Jun 4, 2011 7:18 PM

    Hey, Freddie. 2 questions.

    1. Are you even in the league?…No? Then, SHUT UP!

    2. Just wondering if you figured out who # 37 on Pats was in 2004. I’ll give you a hint. He had more receptions than you in SB 39.

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