Today’s edition of the Bengals QB rumor mill heads back to where many fans were in January: Eagles back-up Kevin Kolb.
PFT ran a report on Adam Schefter’s tweet that the team has an interest in Philly’s former starter, noting as evidence the fact that new WR coach James Urban was the QB coach of the Eagles last year.
While the prospect is intriguing and no doubt welcomed by the majority of Bengaldom, we just don’t see it happening. The market for Kolb will be a first round pick at least, and the Bengals simply won’t go that high. Arizona, Minnesota, San Francisco and other teams will likely also join the derby and the Bengals won’t be able to compete.
Frankly we don’t see Kolb being worth that high of a pick. He was uninspiring in his short stint as a starter (7 TDs, 7 INTs, 76.1 rating), and while he could very well be a quality starter, the chances of him being better than other, cheaper options is up for debate. There certainly should be no doubting Schefter’s point about Urban. It makes perfect sense that the team would discuss Kolb with his former position coach, and Urban probably gave his former pupil glowing reviews. That makes perfect sense.
So would the team have an interest? Certainly. Would they be willing to part with the required price for him? Certainly not.
In our opinion, the team will be better off with the draft picks, or could find cheaper alternatives on the trade or free agency market like Donovan McNabb, Alex Smith, and our favorite, Green Bay’s Matt Flynn. Plus there’s the glimmer of hope Mike Brown clings to that Queen Carson will come back, hat in hand, ready to play.
Of course, none of this means anything until a CBA is signed. Right now, the Eagles can no more trade Kolb than the Bengals can deal Queen Carson. If the CBA can be sorted out before the draft, then the Bengals will have multiple options to explore, but that’s an unlikely scenario. What’s more likely is that the CBA gets resolved after the draft, meaning the team will draft a quarterback in the first three rounds.
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