According to Arizona sportscaster Tim Ring, the Eagles have Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round pick on the table for Kevin Kolb. If Ring’s report is true, apparently that’s not enough for the Eagles, as Ring also notes that the Eagles are asking instead for DRC and a 1. The Eagles know the Cardinals want Kevin Kolb – There really isn’t much of a secret there. They know that even with other teams like Seattle out of the picture, they still hold plenty of leverage over the Cardinals. After all, if no deal occurs, the Eagles simply hang onto the best #2 QB in the league, while the Cardinals will have to settle for a piece of junk. Lose-lose, but far less of a loss for the Eagles. And so, as Albert Breer of NFL.com notes, “the Eagles’ plan all along was to be patient in exploring a trade market” for Kolb.
While it’s fine for the Eagles (or any other team for that matter) to look to maximize the value of their assets, they need to also be cognoscente of what’s going on around them. Once Kolb is traded, I think the assumption from pretty much anyone that follows the Eagles is that they’ll be in the market for a backup QB. As this process plays out, many potential #2 QB’s are finding new teams. Tarvaris Jackson signed with the Seahawks, Matt Hasselbeck signed with the Titans, Tyler Thigpen signed with the Bills, and other teams interested in signing a QB on the open market will already have a head start in pursuing their targets. Meanwhile, at some point (and I have no idea what the breaking point is) the Cardinals are going to feel like they’re being held hostage and will move on.
If Ring’s report that the Eagles have a 2 and DRC on table is true, the Eagles are getting far too cute by stalling. It’s a fair deal, and they need to move on it.
UPDATE: The other fairly obvious point I just realized I missed is that if a deal doesn’t get hammered out at all, the Eagles will of course not have gotten DRC, and by then, the number of available corners on the market will have also dwindled.