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Kolb trade apparently being negotiated through the media
Posted Jul. 19 at 09:26 PM
With the lockout going on, teams aren't discussing player transactions with each other. Or are they? It sure seems like it with the ongoing Kevin Kolb to Arizona discussions.
For weeks, it's been apparent that the Cardinals are the only team in the chase to acquire him. First there was talk about him going to Arizona for draft picks, and then a pick and a player, and then the player had a name: cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. And now there's even more; apparently Rodgers-Cromartie isn't enough for the Eagles, who annually overvalue their own quarterbacks through the media but somehow find another team willing to do the same thing.
Quite a lot of back and forth in these negotiations given the lockout. In any case, it appears it will be an upset if Kolb isn't in Arizona and Rodgers-Cromartie isn't roaming the secondary in Philadelphia next season. Within a week or so, maybe it will actually happen.
It would seem to be a plus for the Eagles defense -- the cornerback has his coverage flaws, but he does make some plays, as well. And it has to be a boon to Arizona's offense, assuming they're right in Kolb's prospects. We have our doubts, but at least he couldn't be any worse than what the Cardinals threw out their last year.
Posted by DAVID DIGREGORIO | Jul. 19 at 11:13 PM
Eagle fans think that, because they got a second round pick for Feely, they should get a first round pick for Kolb. As if Arizona should be bound by Miami's stupidity.
Posted by ANDY RICHARDSON | Jul. 20 at 12:06 AM
I can forgive Eagles fans somewhat, and even the team (which of course has plenty to gain by talking up its own guys). What gets me is Philadelphia media buying into it, like they've done in the past. I remember somebody stating back in April that the Eagles would definitely have received "at least a first-round pick" for Kolb back before the draft, had there not been a lockout.
Posted by Richard Loppnow | Jul. 20 at 04:21 AM
The Philadelphia media sells papers/ad time by "buying into it". It's really quite simple, dudes.
Posted by ANDY RICHARDSON | Jul. 20 at 07:44 AM
Plenty of major newspapers have managed OK by turning a critical eye on the local sports teams. The Boston Globe and Denver Post did fine even when the likes of McDonough, Shaughnessy, Kiszla and Paige were laughing at the local sports teams and the hyperbole around their players. You might be right, but it might just be that they're lazy and/or gullible, too.
Posted by MARK MANCINA | Jul. 26 at 10:54 PM
I can hear Fitzgerald sobbing and see Boldin snickering.
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