By Justin Adkins:
The NFL is literally at a stand-still, but that won’t stop the Kevin Kolb destination speculation.
The latest Kolb rumor comes from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who says the Bengals have discussed the possibility of acquiring the Eagles once future starter.
“Add Bengals to list of teams interested in Kevin Kolb,” Schefter said Monday via Twitter. “Connect dots: Bengals WR coach is James Urban, who was Eagles QB coach last year.”
It makes sense for a number of reasons.
Current Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is saying he wants out of Cincinnati and will never play another snap for them, so figuring out the present and future at the position is critical. Trading for Kolb would do just that.
The Bengals have also recently hired Jay Gruden as offensive coordinator, who intends to install a timing-based West Coast-style offense — that should suit Kolb perfectly as well.
Lastly, as Schefter mentions, former Eagles quarterback coach James Urban was recently hired by the Bengals to coach receivers, and that connection and familiarity could be the key in convincing the Bengals front office to do what it takes to obtain the young veteran just entering his prime.
From the Eagles perspective, a trade haul of the Bengals’ second-round pick may not be enough, high as it is, and from the other side, the Bengals almost certainly wouldn’t give up the fourth overall pick in the draft straight up.
But within that range is some negotiating room.
A good deal for both sides may be Kolb plus the Eagles own first round pick, number 23 overall in exchange for the Bengals number four pick. The Bengals would solve their ongoing quarterback drama while allowing them the freedom to move Palmer for whatever they can get and still retaining a pick in the first round, and the Eagles would get a premium pick in exchange for a player they really no longer need.
At #4, the Eagles would have a ton of options, highlighted by LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson. If Peterson makes it past the top three — which is likely considering the quarterback needs of the Panthers at one and Bills at three and with Denver reportedly leaning towards a defensive lineman like Alabama DT Marcel Dareus at two– the Eagles would do backflips up to the stage to hand the selection card to the commissioner.
Peterson is the real deal and would instantly make the Eagles secondary a formidable force. Do this now.
And damn this lockout for likely ruining the possibility of this happening even if the Bengals and Eagles are ready to pull the trigger.
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