According to Adam Caplan of NFL Network, Kevin Kolb has been traded to the Arizona Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round pick. the report has now been confirmed by multiple news outlets.
A deal has been rumored for a long time, and a hold up to getting it done was the contract Kolb would receive once he arrived to Arizona. That part is done to, as Kolb has reportedly agreed to a 5 year deal worth over $63 million dollars, with over 20 million guaranteed.
From first glance, it appears the Eagles got great value back for Kolb. They fixed the right cornerback position for years to come, and got a 2nd round pick that figures to be relatively high in the second round.
Even if Kolb becomes a franchise quarterback, the Eagles still got great value. Unlike most trades that are just draft picks, the Eagles already got proven NFL talent for Kolb. The player they get with the 2nd round pick is the icing on the cake.
The only way the deal could backfire is if Michael Vick gets hurt, and the Eagles don’t have a quality back up. But with Vince Young expected to be released, the team could address that need by signing him.
Here is a scouting report of Rodgers-Cromartie from ESPN.com, for those unfamiliar with the Pro-Bowl Cornerback.
“Rodgers-Cromartie is a good-sized cornerback who has played at a high level. He has a rare combination of size, speed, athleticism and acceleration. He is quick in his pedal and has an easy, fluid hip flip to turn and run with receivers. He can plant and drive on passes in front of him with little wasted motion, and he closes with a good burst. He still must add bulk and strength to play at his top level for a 16-game schedule.”
ESPN also has Rodgers-Cromartie listed as a top 10 cornerback in the league. Asante Samuel also was listed, giving the Eagles one of the top cornerback duos in the league.
More details to come as they emerge.