The long-anticipated trade of quarterback Kevin Kolb came to fruition Thursday afternoon when the Philadelphia Eagles shipped the fifth-year signal caller to the Arizona Cardinals. In exchange, the Eagles received cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick.
Although Kolb is relatively inexperienced — he started only seven games in four seasons in Philadelphia–he instantly raises the Cardinals’ ability to compete again in the NFC West. The Cardinals played a game of musical chairs with their quarterbacks last year–Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton all started games–in the wake of Kurt Warner’s retirement.
Those three QBs combined for 10 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions for Arizona, which went 5-11 and finished last in the division just two years after going to the Super Bowl.
A second-round draft pick in 2007 out of Houston, Kolb entered the 2010 season as the Eagles’ starter following the offseason trade of Donovan McNabb to the Redskins. But Kolb got hurt in the first half of the season opener. He was replaced by Michael Vick, who started most of the rest of the season.
In his career, Kolb has completed 194 of 319 passes (60.8 percent) for 2,082 yards and 11 touchdowns, with 14 interceptions.
As part of the deal, the Cardinals signed Kolb to a five-year, $63 million contract extension, including a guarantee of $20 million.
This deal may help the Eagles as much as it does the Cardinals. Rodgers-Cromartie gives Philadelphia another strong cornerback to team with Asante Samuel, who has gone to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons with the team. Rodgers-Cromartie, a first-round pick by Arizona in ’08, had three interceptions last seasons.
With their secondary ostensibly strengthened, the Eagles become even more of a threat to repeat as NFC East champions.