Inside The Bills

Philly moving a QB?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2010 – 11:27 am

It’s the main subject of sports talk radio in Philadelphia. With the Eagles season over after a humbling loss to Dallas, there is major speculation that the Eagles might not have both Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb on their roster next season.

Already fueling the speculation is the Philadelphia Inquirer report that assesses the situation, pointing out that the Eagles desperately need to fortify their defense and might need a proven answer at tailback should Brian Westbrook not be brought back. That could prompt the Eagles into trading either McNabb if the organization decides to start fresh or Kolb, if they believe their team is still a title contender.

Both McNabb and Kolb have a year remaining on their contracts. Eagles head coach Andy Reid did answer in the affirmative when asked after the loss to the Cowboys if he thought McNabb would be back in 2010.

Truthfully the Eagles overachieved this season, with all the injuries they suffered on the offensive line and on defense, particularly at LB. So it’s not unrealistic for them to think they could make a run at it in 2010 if everyone comes back healthy. Of course the Eagles have been a forward thinking organization often locking up young players long term sooner rather than later. Perhaps they do decide to turn the page and move McNabb. 

Either way you’ve got to believe that the Bills wouldn’t mind having either one of those signal callers, and Buffalo and Philly have been trade partners in the recent past (e.g. Jason Peters, Takeo Spikes, Kelly Holcomb). But those kinds of decisions for the Bills likely won’t be made until Buffalo hires a new head coach.

An even greater problem might be the competition for one of Philadelphia’s QBs in the trade market. The Rams desperately need quarterback help and their offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur used to work for the Eagles. There also will be a Philly connection in Cleveland where Eagles front office man Tom Heckert is expected to take the GM job. The Browns also need a QB.

The NFL trade moratorium is usually lifted right when free agency begins, which this offseason is March 5.

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