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Kolb to Cleveland?

September 22, 2010 - Mike McLain

Philadelphia radio station WIP reported Wednesday that Browns general manager Tom Heckert contacted the Eagles about the availability of quarterback Kevin Kolb in a trade.

Kolb was named the Eagles starter by coach Andy Reid during the offseason, but he suffered a concussion in the opener against Green Bay. Michael Vick plaeyd well in Kolb's place against the Packers and continued his impressive play as the starter last week in an Eagles' win over Detroit.

The report stated that Heckert was told Kolb isn't available, but Reid indicated during a press conference Wednesday that he wouldn't rule out a deal. On Tuesday Reid named Vick the starter Sunday against Jacksonville despite the fact that Kolb has been given medical clearance to play.

Heckert's interest in Kolb is obvious. He was the Eagles GM when Kolb was picked in the second round of the 2007 draft. Heckert knows he needs to bring in a promising, young quarterback, which would make Kolb a perfect fit.

It's hard to envision the Eagles trading Kolb, who received a large contract and the backing of the organization when Donovan McNabb was traded to Washington. Vick might be playing well now, but there's no guarantee that he will continue that level of play when he begins facing better defenses.

A trade could happen, but it's doubtful. The Eagles can't afford to trade a talented, young quarterback, and the Browns probably wouldn't be willing to part with the draft picks it would take to land Kolb.






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