Last week, head coach Andy Reid said publicly the team would be open to the idea.
And now general manager Howie Roseman says the same thing. Translation: Kolb, the quarterback who essentially forced the Donovan McNabb trade to the Redskins last year, will be playing elsewhere too. It's all because the Eagles are now firmly committed to Michael Vick as their starter - kind of like they were fully committed to Kolb as their starter last year ... until the season started, that is.
The Eagles will entertain discussions at this week's NFL owners meetings in New Orleans, although no trade can take place until the league resolves its labor dispute. The NFL locked out the players after the NFLPA decertified as a union on March 11. The two sides are now in litigation, with 10 players suing the league to have the lockout overturned.
"There are a lot of teams looking for quarterbacks," Roseman said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's a quarterback-driven league. And when you have a quarterback who's proven what he can do in the NFL and has the characteristics that Kevin Kolb has, there's going to be a lot of interest from teams."
Now the question is: What to give up for Kolb, who has had only six career starts? "You've got a bird in the hand, in terms of a guy who's played at a high level and played against top-level competition," Roseman said.
Upwards of 12 teams are in the market for an upgrade at quarterback, but the most frequently mentioned clubs in connection with Kolb are Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle in the NFC West. Last year, the Eagles traded McNabb to Washington for the 37th overall pick and a fourth-rounder in this year's draft.
Both Kolb and Vick are signed through next season. Vick signed the franchise tag that guarantees him $16 million in 2011, as long as the season is played. Kolb's salary is just $1.4 million. If the Eagles don't trade Kolb, they might lose him next season as an unrestricted free agent with no compensation.