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.

49 responses to “Quarterback trades could be lining up

  1. 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?

  2. 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?)

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

    Priceless comment! LOL!

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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

    Forgot Washington and Cincy

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. $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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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?

  17. 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…………..

  18. 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?

  19. onebadace says:
    “Listen, I’m an Eagles fan…”
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    I offer my condolences.

  20. 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?
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    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.

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

    Young is rumored to be headed to Cincy.”

    God help us…

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

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    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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.
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    LOL @ VY…. :-\

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

  26. Arizona is in play for Mcnabb as well. Could be a bidding war between Arizona and Minn.
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    Awwwww, one season too late…

  27. 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.

  28. 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…
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    Do NOT forget about Delhomme!!! Yup, still plenty of leverage lol!

  29. 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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