ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reports that whoever ends up with Kevin Kolb, they are going to have to give him some type of long-term deal.
If it were as simple as trading a first-round draft pick for Kevin Kolb, someone probably would have done it already. Not because seven starts in four NFL seasons have proven Kolb can be a franchise quarterback. Because there never are 32 of those guys, and right now, as many teams are searching for quarterbacks as anyone can remember, but it’s not that simple.
Not with Kolb, not with the Philadelphia Eagles and not amid a labor climate that has transactions and contract talks on hold, precluding the most challenging negotiation from taking place. According to league sources, Kolb’s agents have spread the word they’re seeking a multi-year deal from any team that acquires him, with a price tag one NFL decision-maker said is “significant enough to make me nervous,” considering how little the former University of Houston star has played.
“There’s no way I pay him like a proven guy,” said an executive in personnel for an AFC team. “If you give up a one, that’s your guy. You’re going to ride with him, so you’re going to pay him. But you’ve still got to make sure that the finances are such that it’s based on what he’s proven. Whether you’re dealing with the agent or not, he has to understand I’m paying part of the price in draft picks.”
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