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Eagles open to trading Kevin Kolb?

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Kevin Kolb  of the Philadelphia Eagles stands on the sidelines during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The plight of Kevin Kolb in Philadelphia has been rather amazing to watch of late. (Somewhere, Kolb just went, “Thanks, a-hole.”)

Three weeks ago he was heading into the 2010 season as Andy Reid’s starting quarterback. One bad quarter and a conclusion later and now Kolb is backing up Michael Vick and soon enough, may be playing in another city entirely.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Reid refused today to rule out trading Kolb before the NFL deadline in October. With Vick pegged as the permanent starter, a trade would make sense for the Eagles. Why let a young quarterback rot on your bench when there are so many quarterback-starved teams in the NFL these days?

The Browns, Bills and Cardinals all have massive issues at the quarterback position, although whether Kolb would be a fit for those offenses is another topic for debate. Still, Cleveland was reportedly interested in Kolb around draft time, so maybe Mike Holmgren will get aggressive and make a move for the 26-year-old signal caller.

Or what about the Vikings? Brett Favre obviously isn’t going anywhere this season, but he’s expected to retire (hahahahalolelolelohaha) at the end of the year. Plus, Childress runs a very similar offense to Reid’s and therefore the learning curve for Kolb would be minimal. A situation in which Minnesota trades for Kolb seems far-fetched at the moment, but things change all the time in the NFL.

It’ll be interesting to see if Reid comes out either today or tomorrow and makes a definitive statement against trading Kolb. That happens all the time in this league – a report surfaces and then the team quickly refutes it.

But where there’s smoke, there’s fire and there’s a lot of smoke coming out of Philly right now.

Update: According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Browns have already inquired about Kolb, which is shocking considering Jake Delhomme (and now Seneca Wallace) is their starting quarterback.

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Browns involved in trade talks for QBs?

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns have been in discussions with multiple teams in regards to trading for a quarterback.

According to a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Browns are discussing quarterbacks “on different levels.” It appears the Browns have concluded they are more apt to upgrade the quarterback position through trade rather than free agency.

Since President Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert joined forces to take over Browns operations, they have talked of improving the offense in general and the quarterback position in particular. They naturally have been linked to passers on their former teams — Matt Hasselbeck of Seattle, and Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb of Philadelphia.

The Browns are expected to soon part ways with Derek Anderson, who is owed a $2 million roster bonus on March 19. There is also the possibility that Brady Quinn could garner some interest in a trade.

Given Holmgren’s history with the West Coast Offense and Heckert’s relationship with Philadelphia, the Eagles are a logical trading partner for the Browns. But it’s unlikely that the Eagles would part with Kolb and it’s even more unlikely that Holmgren would trade the No. 7 overall pick for McNabb. So are the Eagles and Browns actually a fit in the end? That’s debatable.

If the Browns do wind up making a move for a veteran QB, it would be surprising if Quinn weren’t involved in the deal. Holmgren won’t part with his top pick unless he can get a first rounder in return, thus it makes more sense that Quinn would be one of his biggest bargaining chips.


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