After months of speculation, the deal is finally done.
Kevin Kolb has been traded to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round draft pick. The deal is reportedly for five years and something like $60 million, with 22 mil guaranteed. Both sides have reason to be happy here.
Since being drafted in the second round out of Houston back in 2007, the 6’3″ 218 pound QB has racked up 2,082 yards and 11 passing touchdowns in backup duty for Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick. He has a career completion percentage of just over 60, and he is the only player in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in his first two starts.
As a franchise QB, the Cards will be getting an accurate, quick-thinking QB with a deceptively strong arm. Kolb’s career-long pass of 83 yards actually came against Arizona last season. Compared to the alternatives (Hassleback, Orton, McNabb), I think the Cardinals made the right decision here and Larry Fitzgerald will officially become relevant in your fantasy league again in 2011.
As for DRC, I’m not sold. He’s fast – arguably one of the fastest players in the league – and he has good reaction time. But he’s going to see a lot more action opposite Asante Samuel than he ever dreamed of out on the west coast. If he proves inconsistent or lacking in his work ethic he’s gonna get picked on a lot in Philly, and he could wash out pretty quickly. Here’s hoping he’s a quick learner, a good listener and ready to get to work.
Grabbing only three picks and allowing 22 passing touchdowns isn’t gonna cut it for Juan Castillo, and there are some young players on this roster chomping at the bit for a starting job. DRC (and that draft pick) cost us one of the best backup QBs Philly will likely ever see, so he’s gonna have a lot to prove. Begnning the second he steps into camp.
That 2nd round pick will come in handy, though, either now or in 2012.