With every passing day, Kevin Kolb’s trade value seems to be rising. Other than Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert, teams aren’t overly excited about any other prospects. With Carolina, Cincinnati, Arizona, San Francisco, Tennessee, Washington, and Minnesota all very much in the market for a new quarterback, only two will get their hands on a guy they view as a franchise quarterback. So, five teams will have a big decision to make. Do they roll the dice on a Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, or Colin Kaepernick? Or do they explore trade routes. Donovan McNabb, Kyle Orton, and Carson Palmer will be available, but Kevin Kolb is the premier quarterback who can be pried away from his current team. Now, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to believe that one of those five teams would be willing to part with a high first round pick in exchange for Kolb.
Jay Cutler netter Denver Kyle Orton, two top 20 selections, and a third round pick. Combined, those four items are worth the first overall pick. Kolb isn’t at Cutler’s level, but he’s ahead of where Matt Schaub went. In exchange for him, the Falcons received the equivalent of the 14th overall pick. So, it’s fair to assume that Kolb should be able to be dealt for a top 15 selection. Consider Arizona’s plight. Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert are not likely to slide past Carolina, Buffalo, and Cincinnati. If they are both off the board, Larry Fitzgerald will not be happy. If Fitzgerald is unhappy, he likely will move on after the 2011 season, the last year of his contract. Without Fitzgerald, Arizona loses a significant portion of its fan base, its best player, and its primary building block. For the Eagles, the fifth pick would probably mean either Patrick Peterson or Von Miller suits up in Eagle green in 2011. So, the Eagles should be extremely disappointed if they are not allowed to trade players for 2011 picks.