With the Cardinals passing on a quarterback with their first pick in the draft, instead selecting Patrick Peterson, they now can turn towards their biggest need.
And the way we hear it, it could be Eagles QB Kevin Kolb.
Although the league rules are not yet clear about trading players — an announcement on this front could be coming Friday morning — the Cardinals appear very interested in making a deal for Kolb, who is perhaps the most desirable veteran QB on the trade market.
There had been heavy talk that the Cardinals would pursue a short-term free agent such as Marc Bulger and draft a developmental QB. That still could happen if the right player is in their sights. The uncertainty of this offseason has pushed up the value of quarterbacks in this draft and has led teams who need one to act without the benefit of veterans.
But the Cardinals are zeroing in on Kolb, perhaps with Bulger as a strong fallback plan, we hear. One of the teams involved in this scenario would neither confirm nor deny the Cardinals' interest in such a deal, citing the league's gag order on such talk between NFL clubs as of Thursday night.
The Cardinals have each of their own original draft picks, minus their seventh-rounder. They have an additional sixth-round pick they acquired from the Buccaneers.
The Eagles were said to be seeking a first-round pick at the least for Kolb after head coach Andy Reid said at the owners meetings that the team would listen to offers for the backup to Michael Vick. But the Cardinals could offer a strong package that starts with the No. 38 overall choice, their second-rounder.
With the Eagles selecting at No. 23 in the first round, they could address one of their biggest needs — offensive line, defensive linemen and cornerback — and then come back 15 picks later and go for one of those other positions with a number of good players left on the board. But the Eagles likely would ask for more than just the 38th pick, we hear.
This trade would be a franchise-changer for both teams.
For the Cardinals, it would deliver the closest thing to an established starter — albeit one with seven NFL starts — since Kurt Warner retired. They started four different quarterbacks last season with mostly poor results. Kolb has completed 194-of-319 passes for 2,082 yards and 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.
The Eagles clearly are set at quarterback with Vick, and they like second-year QB Mike Kafka as a developmental project for down the road. Sources previously indicated that if Kolb is moved, the team might seek to sign a veteran to back up Vick, at least for this season.
Will this blockbuster trade happen Friday? Monday? In a week? Stay tuned. We should know more about what teams can and cannot do in short time.