As most of my articles have included lately, I’ll begin with the ususal. Unless the NFL and NFLPA reach a new collective bargaining agreement, no team can be involved in a draft pick-for-player trade or in a player-for-player trade. The deadline remains at April 28 to get a deal done or any trade scenario I put forth will be void. Back to the good stuff.
Solomon Wilcotts of NFL.com sparked an interesting conversation consisting of his list of deals that will change the face of three NFL franchises in 2011.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer stated after a disasterous 2010 season that he wants to be traded or he’s going to retire. As a result, Wilcotts thinks the Bengals need to actively pursue a backup plan, and in his mind Kevin Kolb makes the most sense.
So what does Wilcotts propose could happen, you might be asking? Kolb heading to the Bengals for an “even” swap of the two teams’ first-round picks.
The Bengals currently hold the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft while the Eagles are at the No. 23 spot. Previous rumors have linked the Eagles’ trade ransom for Kolb at a straight-up first-rounder (Vikings at No. 12); however, the No. 4 overall pick would generate a high-impact player to a team already in contention.
Wilcotts then suggested that the Bengals then ship quarterback Carson Palmer off to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for their first round pick (25th overall). I’m not sure the Bengals will be able to get that much for Palmer as it’s being rumored that he is highly overrating his trade value, but it would set them (Bengals) up nicely with two late first round picks to add two elite rookies.
Over the past few weeks the Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback had his name linked to various teams as possible trade partners. Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has reportedly made his plea for Kolb and the Vikings said they would trade the 12th overall pick for him, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
General Manager Tom Heckert, who was the Eagles GM from from 2006 to '09, but was with the franchise for a total of nine seasons.
The Eagles already have extremely close ties to the Cleveland Browns. Head coch Andy Reid was the assistant to Browns president Mike Holmgren back in the Green Bay days, when Reid first met Eagles new defensive coordinator Juan Castill,o who was itching to get his feet wet in the NFL.
Then there are others, like the Seattle Seahawks, who have been mentioned but would be a surprise to see them make a move. The San Francisco 49ers could also be a potential landing spot for Kolb as well.
James Walker, an ESPN AFC North blogger likes the idea of Kolb as a member of the Bengals because of the franchises’ new offensive coordinator. “Jay Gruden wants to run a West Coast offense, which is the same system Kolb runs in Philadelphia.”
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