Yesterday, per a “source,” Mike Jurecki of Xtra Sports 910 AM said that the Cardinals are willing to send Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles in a straight-up swap for Kevin Kolb:
Spoke w/ a source… What I’m hearing is Kevin Kolb is the guy and Arizona is prepared to offer DRC straight up.
Makes sense for both teams… AZ desperately needs a QB; Kolb has the biggest upside of the QB that could be become available. They have ID Kolb as the guy.
Philly needs a corner Nnamdi Asomugha is the number one free agent (take QB’s out of he mix), Ike Taylor is 31 yrs old and would like to cash in…DRC is under contract the next 2 yrs making over about a million per yr. So the Eagles won’t have to pay any signing bonus.
This trade has been rumored ever since the Cardinals selected Patrick Peterson with the 5th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, but I really hadn’t put a ton of thought into it until this report came out last night. Let’s do the classic “Why it makes sense, why it doesn’t make sense” format:
Why it makes sense for the Eagles:
– DRC fits a major need, as the Eagles have a gaping hole at opposite RCB. Duh.
– The Eagles, depending on which source you believe, are going to be somewhere in the ballpark of about $20 million under the salary cap. DRC is set to make $950,000 in 2011 and $1,128,750 in 2012. He’d be a cheap addition that would enable the Eagles to go hard after free agents at other positions where they might find an impact player, like a DE, RT, #2 RB, etc.
– The Eagles always think 2-3 years in advance. Back in 2002, the Eagles had one of the best CB tandems in the league (Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor) and shocked pretty much everyone by selecting corners in each of the first two rounds in that year’s draft. They knew Taylor’s contract was set to expire after the 2003 season, at which point he’d be 30 years old and in demand of a huge contract, which he ultimately got in Seattle. Troy Vincent’s deal was also to end after the 2003 season, at which point he’d be 32. Vincent signed a lucrative deal with Buffalo. Perhaps Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie shouldn’t be thought of as the player opposite Asante Samuel, but rather Asante Samuel’s eventual replacement. Take a look:
|CB||2011 contract (age)||2012 contract (age)||2013 contract (age)||2014 contract (age)|
|Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||$950,000 (25)||$1,128,750 (26)||UFA (27)||28|
|Asante Samuel||$5,900,000 (30)||$8,400,000 (31)||$10,400,000 (32)||UFA (33)|
Samuel will be 32 in 2013 and will make over $10 million. Are the Eagles going to pay that? Maybe. Are they likely to re-up Samuel with a lucrative deal when he becomes a FA in 2014? Don’t bet on it. Should a trade for DRC come to fruition, obviously the Eagles would look to try to get a long term deal done with DRC before he’s set to be a free agent in 2013. It would be a deal with the foreseeable future in mind, not just 2011.
Why it doesn’t make sense for the Eagles:
– There are more than a half dozen good corners on the open market in free agency. Why lose a valuable asset like Kevin Kolb for DRC when you can sign a corner without having to give up any compensation at all?
– While they’d make a great ballhawking tandem, DRC and Asante Samuel would also potentially make up the worst pair of tackling corners in the NFL. Last year, profootballfocus.com had Asante Samuel as the worst tackling corner in the NFL in 2009. In 2010, Samuel was 2nd worst; DRC was 8th worst. Football Outsiders had DRC as the worst tackling CB in 2010. On a side note, I’m not sure how one statistical website has DRC as the 8th worst, and the other has him as the worst, but that’s for another debate.
– I’m not going to pretend like I watched my share of Arizona Cardinals games last season, but the overwhelming opinion of those that did say that DRC had a bad 2010. Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz does a great job breaking down DRC’s game here. It’s definitely worth the read.
I personally don’t think a DRC-for-Kolb swap is enough for the Eagles. I’ve maintained that I think Kolb’s value is something in the ballpark of a 1 and a 4. DRC would be a good representation of that 1, in my opinion, with the Cards needing to sweeten the pot a bit with something like a mid-round pick. If the Cards think that Kolb can be their QB for the next decade (and why wouldn’t they if they’re serious about dealing for him), then adding a pick next year shouldn’t be much of a hindrance.