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Quarterback trades could be lining up

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It’s a game of quarterback musical chairs at the moment, and no team wants to get left without a dance partner.

Matt Hasselbeck landed with the Tennessee.  Donovan McNabb appears headed to Minnesota.  Tyler Thigpen went to Buffalo. Seattle raced to pay Tarvaris Jackson $8 million over two years before, um, anyone else beat them to it.

That leaves Miami and Arizona as the teams looking for starting-caliber quarterbacks, and it would be a mild surprise at this point if Kyle Orton didn’t land in Miami, with Kevin Kolb going to the Cardinals.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that “progress” was made in trade talks between the Cardinals and Eagles Wednesday.  (And that doesn’t include the Eagles selling Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s jersey.)

Meanwhile Michelle Beisner of NFL Network says that talks between Orton and the Dolphins are progressing and a deal could happen within six hours.  ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Broncos are looking for a “premium pick” for Orton.

Philadelphia-area reporters say that if Orton goes to Miami, the Kolb deal should happen soon after that.

There are only so many ways to keep leverage afloat, and no one wants to get caught dancing solo at the end of the week.

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49 Responses to “Quarterback trades could be lining up”
  1. onebadace says: Jul 27, 2011 1:51 PM

    Listen, I’m an Eagles fan and I want DRC as much as anyone, but DRC + a 1st rounder? That’s a bit absurd.

  2. gotitan says: Jul 27, 2011 1:52 PM

    No mention of future Hall of Famer V.Y.? I just don’t understand, he is such a great player! Just ask him!

  3. phillychzstk2012 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:53 PM

    whoop whoop. kolb trade talk to be over soon!

  4. benh999 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:53 PM

    What has Kolb ever done aside from losing his starting job, being injury-prone, and putting up mediocre numbers? Teams are actually willing to give up a first round pick or top-tier CB to get this guy?

  5. sj39 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:53 PM

    Division title shaping up for the Rams.

  6. mattsffrd says: Jul 27, 2011 1:54 PM

    my god Seattle is a joke of a franchise. almost as bad as the bungles.

  7. ICDogg says: Jul 27, 2011 1:54 PM

    Who do the Bengals have?

  8. drtharrison says: Jul 27, 2011 1:55 PM

    Please… no premium pick for Orton. Phins should trade a 3rd and Phillip Merling.

  9. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:55 PM

    In the history of the NFL, I wonder if a QB has ever lost his job after a season in which he produced the league’s leading receiver….

    It’s tough being Ort…

  10. brasho says: Jul 27, 2011 1:56 PM

    There’s always Josh Johnson of the Bucs. He would cost a lot less than Kolb and might be even better. He’s far more mobile, bigger, and has a better arm than Kolb.. whom I’m sure all teams are wary of given the Eagles former traded QBs NOT having production after they left the Eagles (McNabb, AJ Feeley, was there more?)

  11. mike83ri says: Jul 27, 2011 1:56 PM

    Where the hell is VY going?

  12. bucwild05 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:56 PM

    “Seattle raced to pay Tarvaris Jackson $8 million over two years before, um, anyone else beat them to it.”

    Priceless comment! LOL!

  13. ashburninsider says: Jul 27, 2011 1:57 PM

    Arizona is in play for Mcnabb as well. Could be a bidding war between Arizona and Minn.

  14. stonedolphin89 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:57 PM

    Kolb and Orton are the biggest players left right this second, but VY is the next big whale yet to hit the waters. If Miami gets Orton, Zona isn’t out of leverage just yet. But Ried isn’t about to bend for anyone. Might as well pull the trigger AZ.

  15. notrelated says: Jul 27, 2011 1:59 PM

    If Kolb does indeed go to Arizona, I will definitely be watching all their games this year. With so much polarized dispute about what he is or isn’t, it will be nice to finally see what kind of QB he is. He deserves to finally have a full shot at being a starter, and who else to have as a WR when doing that then Fitz. I think he’ll be fine.

  16. scudbot says: Jul 27, 2011 1:59 PM

    Kolb + Arizona = Leinart II.

  17. tommythek says: Jul 27, 2011 1:59 PM

    Love the updates and the tongue-n-cheek. Much more fun than De Smith quotes. Keep it coming. Christmas in july!

  18. eaglesowngiants says: Jul 27, 2011 2:01 PM

    Kolb is going to light it up in the desert…. KK to Larry Fitz all day

  19. pnut87 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:04 PM

    What about Leinart? Can’t forget about him! Where is he going to win his Super Bowl?

  20. blacktoothgrinn says: Jul 27, 2011 2:04 PM

    “That leaves Miami and Arizona as the teams looking for starting-caliber quarterbacks,”

    Forgot Washington and Cincy

  21. riverhorsey says: Jul 27, 2011 2:05 PM

    Young is rumored to be headed to Cincy.

  22. phillyisinvading says: Jul 27, 2011 2:05 PM

    vince young is coming to philly on friday after he gets released on thursday.

  23. dldavidlong says: Jul 27, 2011 2:05 PM

    Andy reid has never said he wants only a first for kolb. It’s only media speculation

  24. scudbot says: Jul 27, 2011 2:09 PM

    Nobody knows what kind of QB Kolb is yet. KW brought his own and other than that, young and old Cardinals QBs have sucked. There’s nobody there for Kolb to get smart and honed under.

  25. hedphurst says: Jul 27, 2011 2:10 PM

    It’s still shocking to me how little recognition and respect Orton gets. All he’s done is grow from a game-manager role on a playoff team as a rookie to a ~60% completion rate, ~3500+ yds/year 20+ TDs, kind of QB. Seems like a guy most of the league should covet, yet he’s only being courted by a team that wants him to COMPETE for a job with Chad Henne? It’s absurd. He will win that job easily.

  26. kolb2fitz says: Jul 27, 2011 2:11 PM

    if you think Kolb wont put up numbers in AZ….or that he doesnt have the tools, then you do not know very much about the nfl

  27. scudbot says: Jul 27, 2011 2:13 PM

    Redskins picked up Kellen Clemens today, completing the Trifecta.

  28. drstrangelust says: Jul 27, 2011 2:15 PM

    $8 million over 2 years for T-Jack????

    This guy HAS to be the luckiest person to have ever played for the NFL! Seattle is going to give him how much? Holy Christ!

  29. fwippel says: Jul 27, 2011 2:16 PM

    The most puzzling move of all these has to be Tarvaris Jackson to Seattle for starter’s money. The guy hasn’t done squat to prove he could handle the starter role during his entire career.

    Maybe with better coaching he can get better, but why anyone thinks this guy is starting material is beyond me.

  30. scudbot says: Jul 27, 2011 2:17 PM

    David Carr’s on the prowl now, too – just got released. Which team will win the Christmas in July Biggest Lump of QB Coal Award?

  31. natswizskincap says: Jul 27, 2011 2:20 PM

    Wouldn’t It be entertaining to see to former teammates (McNabb/Kolb) compete for a trade to AZ after both losing their jobs M. Vick!!! I’m glad that puke-green decided to trade Kolb instead of Vick!!! Vick’s style will increase his chance of injury and we know he is prone!!! I guess Favre will step in for two or three games when
    Vick is out!!! Vick will never be able to shake that Bull-eye he created for himself!!! The Walruses shiny new toy might be what finally gets his beached self pushed out to sea never to be heard from the NFL again if the Vick experiment crumbles and Kolb rises!!! We’ll see soon enough!!!

  32. scudbot says: Jul 27, 2011 2:20 PM

    kolb2fitz says:
    Jul 27, 2011 2:11 PM
    “if you think Kolb wont put up numbers in AZ….or that he doesnt have the tools, then you do not know very much about the nfl”

    Have you looked at KK’s stats like ever?

  33. blackqbwhiterb says: Jul 27, 2011 2:21 PM

    I sure hope Shanny really likes Beck, or quickly falls in love with the kid from Indiana, or Kellen Clemens magically turns into Mark Rypien, or something…..I really fear their gonna sign Young, and set the franchise back another 5 years…………..

  34. hedphurst says: Jul 27, 2011 2:29 PM

    What ever happened to all the hype and love for John Skelton and Max Hall? I know they were expected to need a few years to develop anyways, and you gotta do whatever you can to make your team better right now, but are they just completely out of the Cards’ plans now?

  35. TxGrown says: Jul 27, 2011 2:34 PM

    onebadace says:
    “Listen, I’m an Eagles fan…”
    ______________________________________________________

    I offer my condolences.

  36. bunjy96 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:37 PM

    I really would like to see Orton in Arizona.

    He’ll die in Miami like every other QB since Marino.

  37. CKL says: Jul 27, 2011 2:40 PM

    benh999 says:
    Jul 27, 2011 1:53 PM
    What has Kolb ever done aside from losing his starting job, being injury-prone, and putting up mediocre numbers? Teams are actually willing to give up a first round pick or top-tier CB to get this guy?
    __________________________________
    What had Matt Schaub ever done when Hou traded for him? Remember that Schaub had a much crappier version of Vick in front of him than Kolb did too.
    Teams who trade for Kolb are trading for potential just like Hou did with Schaub.

  38. thephantomstranger says: Jul 27, 2011 2:57 PM

    I haven’t heard Marc Bulger’s name in two days. What’s going on with him?

  39. spungy says: Jul 27, 2011 3:02 PM

    “riverhorsey says: Jul 27, 2011 2:05 PM

    Young is rumored to be headed to Cincy.”

    God help us…

  40. whatthe4 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:03 PM

    Gotta love that DC math
    2 + 4 = 6
    Gave up a 2 & 4 for McNabb….and got a 6 for him
    Long Live Daniel Snyder

  41. kyleortonsarm says: Jul 27, 2011 3:10 PM

    Kyle is fine where he is.

  42. fmwarner says: Jul 27, 2011 3:17 PM

    benh999 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:53 PM

    What has Kolb ever done aside from losing his starting job, being injury-prone, and putting up mediocre numbers? Teams are actually willing to give up a first round pick or top-tier CB to get this guy?
    ____________________________________

    I’ll grant you, he’s been inconsistent, as most inexperienced QBs are. But he’s had seven starts, and he’s been Offensive Player of the Week THREE times. That doesn’t happen by accident. There’s something there.

  43. hedphurst says: Jul 27, 2011 3:18 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 27, 2011 2:57 PM

    I haven’t heard Marc Bulger’s name in two days. What’s going on with him?

    —————-

    Pretty sure I heard something the other day saying he was likely to retire (or at least considering it). I can’t find anything to support that with a quick Google search, but I think I heard that at least as a rumor on a SiriusXM NFL Radio show, where the hosts are mostly well-connected, and not generally prone to wild speculation. That, combined with Kurt Warner’s comments a while back about Bulger not being all that driven to be a starter, makes me think nobody will make a move to bring him on as anything more than a mentor to a young gun.

  44. benh999 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:59 PM

    CKL,
    The Texans gave up less for Schaub and even if they hadn’t it doesn’t justify the artificial elevation of Kolb to a bluechip trade target.

    fmwarner,
    There is certainly something there. That it is worth a top-tier CB or first round draft pick to find out is where I have a tough time reconciling his trade value.

  45. december77 says: Jul 27, 2011 4:13 PM

    Kolb and Orton are the biggest players left right this second, but VY is the next big whale yet to hit the waters. If Miami gets Orton, Zona isn’t out of leverage just yet.
    ===============================

    LOL @ VY…. :-\

    And after VY signs, there’s still Bulger, and after Bulger signs, there’s still David Carr…

  46. december77 says: Jul 27, 2011 4:14 PM

    Arizona is in play for Mcnabb as well. Could be a bidding war between Arizona and Minn.
    ================================

    Awwwww, one season too late…

  47. december77 says: Jul 27, 2011 4:17 PM

    thephantomstranger says:Jul 27, 2011 2:57 PM

    I haven’t heard Marc Bulger’s name in two days. What’s going on with him?
    =================================

    His being washed up might have something to do with it.

  48. december77 says: Jul 27, 2011 4:35 PM

    Kolb and Orton are the biggest players left right this second, but VY is the next big whale yet to hit the waters. If Miami gets Orton, Zona isn’t out of leverage just yet.
    ===============================

    LOL @ VY…. :-\

    And after VY signs, there’s still Bulger, and after Bulger signs, there’s still David Carr…
    ================================

    Do NOT forget about Delhomme!!! Yup, still plenty of leverage lol!

  49. opiedamus says: Jul 27, 2011 7:21 PM

    Kolb to Miami…..watch.

    It would be ignorant to think that only Orton could be traded to Miami, but Kolb or Orton to Arizona.

    Miami has the picks, the CB depth, and the LB (if that was needed) to land Kolb. By all comparison, both teams have a choice:

    Take the qb that was replaced by Sexy Rexy
    Or
    Take the qb that was replaced by Vick’s career year…..

    All that’s holding up the deal is the Eagles finding a trade for a veteran back up

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