INDIANAPOLIS — The Eagles have a tough decision to make at quarterback.
They like Michael Vick, who earned their exclusive franchise tag.
They say they like Kevin Kolb, despite his benching and despite the fact that only one QB can start at a time.
And they have spoken highly of Mike Kafka, the third quarterback on the depth chart.
So do they keep all three? GM Howie Roseman wouldn't tip his, or the team's, hand on the issue.
"I think the way we see it is that Kevin Kolb is a very good starting quarterback in the NFL, we're happy to have him and he's going to be very successful," Roseman said.
With the Eagles?
"With the Eagles," he said.
So there you have it.
Of course, many folks believe that the Eagles' praiseworthy comments have been flowered up because the team intends to trade him. We're heading into an offseason where very few veteran QBs might be available via the trade and free-agent markets, and it's a draft class with talent but also questions. Throw in a number of teams looking for a quality quarterback, and bam — you've got a trade market that should be strong.
The Eagles, despite what they say or don't say on the matter, would be silly not to investigate how much teams are willing to pay for Kolb's services. But they also — as Roseman said in myriad different ways — like him and could opt to keep Kolb given Vick's proneness for injury and an offensive line that could be in transition. It would be a luxury to have such a valuable commodity, who's able to come off the bench at a moment's notice.
"Kevin Kolb is a great player," Roseman said. "We have a lot of confidence in him, obviously. We gave him the starting job after Donovan (McNabb) last year. He has all the tools we're looking for to be a starting quarterback, and we feel lucky to have him."
Roseman hinted that changes could be afoot on the offensive line. New OL coach Howard Mudd is considered one of the best in the business, but the personnel also could use upgrading.
"In our role as personnel people, we want to make sure we get the best talent on the offensive line," he said. "We have some guys that are scheduled to be free agents. It's an area we didn't really address last year in the offseason ...
"That's obviously a position, in terms of our priorities, (that) we believe in building the offensive line."