When teams were officially allowed to start making trades Tuesday morning at 10:00 ET, everyone expected it wouldn’t take long before Kevin Kolb was shipped off to the Arizona Cardinals. But the talks have stalled and we’ve all been left waiting and wondering.
It’s now Wednesday night, and Kolb is still a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. And while it’s widely assumed that the two sides will eventually agree on a trade that sees Kolb land in Glendale in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and an unspecified draft pick (the pick is apparently what’s delaying the process), it hasn’t been a smooth ride for Andy Reid and Co.
Nobody potentially lost more in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s quarterback shuffle than the Eagles, who were thought to be seeking both a first-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Cardinals in exchange for Kolb. Why would Arizona even think of giving up that much for the soon-to-be 27-year-old Kolb now, when the Cardinals appear to be the only team bidding for him? And with Orton and ex-Ravens backup/former Rams starter Marc Bulger still available as starting options, it’s Arizona that holds all the, uh, cards, in this particular poker game.
Matt Hasselbeck and Donovan McNabb have already joined young rosters and Kyle Orton is expected to be dealt to the Dolphins in the near future. The Cardinals are really the only realistic trade partner the Eagles have left.
The Eagles are also lucky that Vince Young hasn’t been traded during this nightmarish process. Philly reportedly is interested in signing Young to back up Michael Vick (it would be a nice fit anyway), but they’ve clearly been distracted by trade talks with the Cards. Now, they’ve fallen behind.