Seahawks offered two picks for Kevin Kolb?

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb throws a forward pass against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter of NFL football action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Dave Mahler of 950 KJR in Seattle tweets that he the Seahawks have offered the Eagles a first and a third round pick for quarterback Kevin Kolb. Mahler says that he hears this “from a source.”

But following his tweet, Mahler did qualify his statements via his Facebook page:

“Deal I reported yesterday was made sometime in the last 4 months..I think it says more about where Hasselbeck is on the priority list in Seattle than it does about the chances of Kolb coming. Eagles since offer have also reportedly expresssed desire to trade for players instead of picks.”

Speaking of Hasselbeck, the Nashville Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt writes that Hasselbeck could still be on the Titans’ radar.

“I’m talking about three members of the front office, all have ties to Seattle,” Wyatt said. “They know Matt Hasselbeck. Likely Jake Locker knows Matt Hasselbeck because he’s worked with him.”

Re-signing Kerry Collins would make a lot of sense for the Titans, although it’s not like the new coaching staff has an allegiance to Collins so maybe Hasselbeck would be a fit there. Either way, the Titans need to bring in a veteran quarterback to help take some of the pressure off Locker’s shoulders. Even if it’s a forgone conclusion that a rookie will start, no head coach wants to just hand a young player a job without making him earn it first. (Especially a young quarterback as raw as Locker.)

Getting back to Seattle, I wonder if the Hawks will eventually decide to bypass trading for Kolb and give Charlie Whitehurst a chance to succeed as the full-time starter. Outside of his solid play against the Rams in Week 17 last year (a game that won the NFC West and lifted Seattle into the playoffs), it’s not like Whitehurst has shown that he deserves a full-time opportunity. But the Seahawks did trade a third-round pick and swapped second rounders with San Diego to acquire him from the Chargers in 2010, so they may decide to give him a shot.

We’ll see. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Kolb when the lockout finally lifts.

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Despite having reservations about fit, Cardinals still expected to pursue Kolb

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb walks from the field after sustaining an injury against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter of NFL football action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Despite Monday’s report by Scout.com that said the coaching staff has concerns about whether or not he’s a fit in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense, the Cardinals are still expected to pursue quarterback Kevin Kolb if/when he becomes available if/when the lockout lifts.

From the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers:

*Whenever they are able, the Cardinals will pursue a trade for Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb. Kolb had highs and lows last season, but if you are looking for reasons to be excited about him, check out this highlight video of his game against the Falcons. He completed 23 of 29 for 326 yards and three touchdowns against good defense.

Kolb is considered a prototypical West Coast offense quarterback and Whisenhunt’s system involves more downfield throws, which is where the supposed concern comes in from Arizona’s coaching staff. Also, Kolb only averaged 6.46 per pass attempt in his five starts in 2010.

But Somers knows his stuff and is an excellent beat writer, so I would be more inclined to believe him over Scout.com if I were a Cardinals fan. There are going to be concerns no matter which quarterback (Kolb, Marc Bulger, Kyle Orton or whomever) the Cardinals wind up acquiring this offseason. But there’s little doubt that Kolb represents an upgrade over John Skelton and besides, the Cardinals’ coaching staff doesn’t have final say anyway. The final decision on whether or not to acquire Kolb will ultimately be made by GM Rod Graves.

Kevin Kolb-to-Cardinals a slam dunk?

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb rolls out to pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of their NFL football game in San Francisco, California October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

After asking ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio what his “gut feel” is on where Kevin Kolb will end up next year, SI’s Peter King tweets that the Cardinals are “a slam dunk as much as you can have a slam dunk” to land Kolb.

Here’s the actual tweet:

Asked Sal gut feel where Kolb ends up. “Arizona … a slam dunk as much as you can have a slam dunk.” But only if Phl likes compensation.

The thing that will determine Philadelphia’s compensation is what the market will be like for Kolb once the lockout lifts. If Seattle, Arizona and Miami are all interested in Kolb, then the Eagles can pit the three teams against each other and drive up the price. But if the Cardinals are the only team that’s seriously interested, then Philly may have to settle for less than what they’re expecting in exchange for the veteran QB.

What the Seahawks need to do is drive up the price whether they’re interested or not. If Paolantonio’s “gut feel” is right and Kolb-to-Arizona is a slam dunk, then Seattle needs to make sure the Cardinals (their rivals in the NFC West) pay top dollar for the quarterback. They can always renege and pull their offer off the table if the Eagles get close to accepting it. (That may piss off Philadelphia but hey, the NFL is a business first and foremost.)

Where Kolb lands will be the question of the offseason once the owners and players stop d*cking fans around with this labor dispute.

NFL News & Notes: One GM calls Mallett “Charlie Sheen” of NFL draft

University of Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) scrambles away from the University of Florida’s Christopher Coleman during the secopnd quarter of their NCAA football game in Gainesville, Florida October 17, 2009. REUTERS/Scott Audette (UNITED STATES SPORT FOOTBALL)

Here are some interesting NFL reports via Rotoworld:

GM calls Ryan Mallett the “Charlie Sheen of the NFL draft
According to FOX Sports.com, at least one NFL GM doesn’t buy into how Mallett is being billed as Tom Brady’s eventual successor in New England. “Just knowing Bill, I can’t see him truly believing Mallett is their future,” the annaoymous GM said. “I can see them getting him right off the field, showcasing him in the preseason for a couple of years and then getting some trade value for him and stock-pile more picks.” Because of Mallett’s alleged drug and alcohol issues, another GM went as far as to say: “We thought he was the Charlie Sheen of this draft.” Ouch.

Reid denies that there’s an offer for Kolb
Andy Reid is denying reports that the Eagles have an offer on the table for quarterback Kevin Kolb. This comes a day after SI.com’s Peter King said the exact opposite and wrote that an “unnamed team” has offered a first round pick in exchange for the QB. The Cardinals, Dolphins and Seahawks still remain possibilities for Kolb once the lock ends (and assuming the Eagles and Reid are willing to part with Kolb).

Vikings want to bring in veteran to compete with Ponder
Even though head coach Leslie Frazier told the media following the draft that Christian Ponder will have the opportunity to start as a rookie, he also confirmed on Tuesday that he’s looking to add a veteran to come in and compete with the first round pick. “If we went that route, we’d probably want a guy that could compete to start,” Frazier said. “I don’t know if I’d want a ‘coach-type’ guy.” There’s still a possibility that Donovan McNabb could wind up in Minnesota for a year or two while Ponder learns Bill Musgrave’s offense.

L.T. concedes starting RB job to Shonn Greene
LaDainian Tomlinson conceded that Shonn Greene is ready to take over as the Jets’ feature back. L.T. noted that he’s been the best running back in the league and now wants to be the best third-down back in the NFL. He still figures to have a predominant role in the Jets’ offense.

Report: Eagles have offer on the table from unknown team for Kevin Kolb

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter of their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

In his latest “Monday Morning Quarterback,” SI.com’s Peter King reiterated that the Eagles have an offer of a first-round pick in the 2012 draft from an unknown team for quarterback Kevin Kolb. But because of the ongoing labor dispute, Kolb is being held hostage by the unfortunate circumstances.

That “unknown team” may be the Arizona Cardinals, who reportedly had a deal in place for Kolb before the draft. The Cardinals decided not to draft a signal caller last week, so the thought is that they’re waiting for the labor dispute to end in order to make a run at Kolb (who has already said that he wouldn’t mind playing in the desert).

But the Dolphins and Seahawks also failed to address their quarterback needs in the draft, so maybe they’re gearing up to make a run at Kolb as well. Like all deals, whichever team can make the Eagles the best offer will have Kolb under center next season. The 26-year-old is a fit for any one of those teams and assuming the Eagles are willing to trade him, whoever lands him will likely sign him to a new contract. (He’s owed $1.392 million in 2011 but is a free agent in 2012.)

The good thing for the Cardinals, Seahawks and Dolphins is that Kolb’s trade market shrunk last weekend. The Titans (Jake Locker), Jaguars (Blaine Gabbert), Vikings (Christian Ponder), 49ers (Colin Kaepernick) and Bengals (Andy Dalton) all addressed their needs at quarterback in either the first or second round, so the odds just rose for Arizona, Seattle and Miami in terms of landing Kolb later this offseason. (Assuming there even is a “later this offseason.”)

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