The man who knows a thing or two about getting more in trade for quarterbacks than perhaps they’re worth is trying to do it again, possibly with two different quarterbacks.
After once getting a second-round pick from the Dolphins for A.J. Feely and more recently a second-rounder and a fourth-rounder from the Redskins for Donovan McNabb, Eagles coach Andy Reid wants to turn Kevin Kolb, and possibly Mike Kafka, into players and/or picks. Once, of course, the lockout ends.
“Do I think Kevin Kolb is a championship-caliber quarterback?” Reid told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon of Sirius NFL Radio. “Absolutely, I do. I think he possesses that ability. Now, that doesn’t mean I’m in a big hurry to get rid of him. We’ll have to see how everything works out here after the lockout.”
If Reid truly thought that, then Kolb would be the starting quarterback. At a minimum, the Eagles wouldn’t be trying to trade him.
And it’s obvious that they are. Reid essentially plunged the “for sale” sign into the yard last month during the league meetings, and with Kolb due to become a free agent in 2012, the best option would be to trade him and get value, if indeed the Eagles aren’t genuinely interested in using him.
But here’s the reality. Reid knows how to get the most out of his quarterbacks. Feely was never anything special except when he was in Philly. Jeff Garcia enjoyed a late-career surge after working with Reid. Mike Vick has played the quarterback position significantly better with the Eagles than he ever did with the Falcons.
And how good was McNabb once he was traded out of town?
Thus, any potential suitor for Kolb needs to be concerned. Ditto for Mike Kafka, another guy whom Reid seems to be willing to move, for the right price.
“I think this kid has got a big upside,” Reid said of Kafka. “I really, really like what I see there. . . . I think he’s highly intelligent. I think he has great tools. There’s a difference between being intelligent in the classroom and intelligent on the football field. I think he possesses both. Obviously, he was a good student at Northwestern but he’s also able to transfer that to the football field. He’s a good leader. You can see the guys are attracted to him. He kinda knows how to use his receivers and make sure that he keeps them involved and on their toes and I think that’s a big part of it. You see guys rally around him. He’s very competitive. You see the fire that he’s got out there. Kind of like yourself, [Rich]. Every once in a while you see that little bit of nasty come out. You’ve got to have that to play that position.”
If he was all of that, then the Eagles should be grooming him for the starting job. Maybe they are.
Or maybe they just want to flip Kafka for a higher pick, and then draft another guy about whom Reid can rave in the future.