The Eagles have finally broken out of their shell, coming out with two huge transactions today, and finally being involved in rumors. The biggest news of the day however, is that the Philadelphia Eagles have traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for a 2012 second round pick and pro-bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Many reactions have come about with fans screaming from each side of the deal that the Eagles got the better of the trade. Indeed, it does seem like the Eagles acquired enough to compensate the loss of a valuable backup quarterback. He is so valuable because the style of play that Michael Vick possesses usually means he is bound to get hurt at some point during the season. Vick has only had one full NFL season where he has started every game.
It is unfair to say that the Cardinals got the raw end of the deal though. A franchise quarterback is the most valuable player a team could have. That is just how the Cardinals see Kolb, their new franchise quarterback. A young quarterback with experience from an outstanding quarterback development organization. A young quarterback to throw to Larry Fitzgerald, arguably the best wide receiver in the league. A young quarterback who can turn this team around after a disappointing 5-11 season.
The Cardinals got their guy and the Eagles received fair reimbursement. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a talented cornerback will fill a huge need for the Eagles as they had an issue at right cornerback. The second round pick was a good add on for the Eagles. It was reported that they wanted a first round pick and Rodgers-Cromartie, but as more teams dropped out of the race for Kolb, it seemed as if the team lost leverage.
Tomorrow, Rodgers-Cromartie will be available to practice because he is under an existing deal. He should come in and improve the secondary right away under Juan Castillo’s new defense.
The next question is, where do the Eagles turn to at back up quarterback? There is speculation that the Eagles may be interested in Vince Young who will be cut on Thursday (today). Other options may include Marc Bulger, who has had a long career with the Rams, or last year’s third string quarterback, Mike Kafka. Expect the Eagles to bring in someone with experience because Kafka may not be ready.