‘Tis the season to talk about a little wheelin’ and’ dealin’. NFL Network and National Football Post scribe Michael Lombardi has conjured up one scenario that involves a certain Eagles signal caller. No, not that one, the other one. Kevin Kolb. Lombardi envisions a possible deal with the Browns:
The Birds have two quarterbacks (Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb) who may be of interest to [Mike] Holmgren and his new general manager, Tom Heckert, who also came from Philadelphia. In spite of all the talk, it would be hard for me to imagine that McNabb would not agree to a contract extension to join the Browns, nor would it be hard to imagine the Browns would trade for McNabb without an extension. So that leads me to believe if the Browns have interest in an Eagles quarterback, it would have to center mostly on Kolb.
So, who would the Birds get in return? How about defensive tackle Sean Rogers? That’s the fella Lombardi feels can help “close the gap with the Cowboys.” All due respect, I disagree.
Rogers is a soon-to-be 31-year-old tackle who would be joining his third team in ten seasons. His sack totals have declined each of the last three years and he has been prone to weight problems. Trading a 25-year-old “potential” franchise quarterback for an aging defensive tackle who has one, maybe two good campaigns left in him would be unwise.
Could Rogers help an undersized tackle unit that lacks a legit pocket-collapser? Sure, but he’s not the missing piece on defense. Stability at linebacker, an upgrade at LDE and depth at both safety and corner are bigger priorities right now. I’m of the belief that Antonio Dixon could develop into a nice find and provide some needed push inside. Plus there’s the draft, which is loaded with talent at the position.
I’m not opposed to making a deal, but I don’t want Kolb as part of said deal. I also don’t think Reid has any intention of moving his promising young backup. At least not this offseason.