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And the Iggles' next quarterback is ... Michael Vick?

With speculation continuing to swirl that the Iggles are prepared to trade Donovan McNabb to the highest bidder, the general assumption is that Andy Reid will go with Kevin Kolb as his starter in 2010 and beyond.

We tend to think that will be the case, but we're also not discounting the possibility that Michael Vick will be the guy.

If and when McNabb is traded, Reid may or may not take the opportunity to anoint Kolb as his starter. If he does, then it would come as no surprise. But Reid may also opt to open the competition to Vick, who became reacclimated to the NFL last season after spending two years paying his debt to society after pleading guilty to running an illegal dogfighting operation.

In fact, it might be in Reid's best interests to open up the competition. After all, Kolb has not played enough to deserve a free pass to the starter's job. And with both quarterbacks signed through the 2010 season, why not give Vick a chance to re-establish himself as a starter? 

Vick himself has suggested in recent weeks that he'd like to run his own team, although the expectation was he'd have to do it somewhere else. He said in a radio interview last month that his preference would be to play in Carolina. And he has hinted at a willingness to play for the Rams, who are in the market for a new quarterback.

So as we await the puff of white smoke that will determine McNabb's fate, we should also contemplate the Iggles' next step if and when a deal is made. And that means being open to the possibility that Vick just might be the team's next quarterback.

And for those of you convinced that Kolb is truly ready to handle the load as the Iggles' full-time starter, consider this: The kid has been in the NFL only three seasons, and has a resume that features 12 games, two starts, four touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Good luck with that. 

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