People around the league were shocked when Kevin Kolb was not moved today. Considered the face of the lockout, it was considered a no-brainer that he would be moved for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Arizona Cardinals.
So as 10am came and went, with no Kolb trade being announced, fans began to wonder why their was no move. If the recent report by Tim Ring from Arizona is correct, the Eagles asking price may be the reason.
Ring reports that in addition to asking for Pro-Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Eagles are also demanding a 1st round pick from the Cardinals in exchange for Kolb. The Cardinals are reportedly willing to surrender a 2nd round pick, but are drawing the line there.
While the Cardinals can not enter next season without a new signal caller, the Eagles asking price is very steep if true. With other quarterbacks available- such as Kyle Orton and Matt Hasselbeck- it is very possible the Cardinals may decide the price is just to steep. Remember, that in addition to trading for Kolb, they will have to pay him a contract as valuable as the package they give up to get him.
The Eagles are playing a dangerous game by making the Cardinals sweat. They cannot risk losing out on Rodgers-Cromartie, with Ike Taylor heading back to Pittsburgh and Nnamdi Asomugha reportedly interested in joining the New York Jets.
But if they are able to flip the former 36th overall pick for DRC and a 1st, it will be a resume building moment for GM Howie Roseman.