Cardinals, Eagles complete Kolb deal

Posted July 28, 2011 @ 2:13 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The trade everyone expected has finally gone through, as the Eagles have traded QB Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick.

ESPN's John Clayton first reported the deal was complete. According to FOX Sports' Adam Caplan, Kolb has received a new contract, for five years worth $63 million, with $20 million guaranteed.

The Eagles had been planning to deal Kolb, as Michael Vick is the clear-cut starter in Philly after a Pro Bowl season in 2010. The Cardinals, who plan to release Derek Anderson, now have a starting quarterback. Last year, Max Hall and John Skelton got starts, along with Anderson, for the 4-12 Cardinals.

Kolb is entering his fifth season and has started just seven games in his career. Last season, Kolb started five games and threw seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Rodgers-Cromartie has started every game in each of the last two seasons in Arizona. In three years, he has 13 interceptions and 61 passes defensed.

The way we see it

The Cardinals got their man at quarterback, but time will tell if they paid too steep a price for him, giving up a starting corner and a second-round pick.

The Eagles are now in the market for a backup quarterback, and Vince Young could be a candidate. The only quarterback behind Vick is second-year pro Mike Kafka. Philly also gets an upgrade in the secondary with Rodgers-Cromartie.