Kevin Kolb is about as popular with QB starved teams around the NFL as Lady Gaga in a steak dress would be to a group of rabid dogs. Is he worth all that attention, excitement and the lofty price tag that comes along with him though?
That was the question the Boston Globe posed to seven general managers and player personnel executives from around the NFL. Their answers might surprise you (unless you already hate the idea of Kolb).
In an informal poll of seven general managers and personnel executives, four said Kolb was not worthy of a first-round pick, two said only if the team had no other options, and another said a late first-round pick could be justified.
“He is a good quarterback with promise, but we all need to be realistic about it,” the latter GM said.
The perspective on Kolb is one of the few we’ve gotten from actual football executives during this lockout. While it likely won’t change the Arizona Cardinals plans to pursue the Eagles’ backup quarterback or the price they’re willing to pay, it shows how differing the opinions on him are around the league.
The problem is, the Cards have very few other options outside of Kolb. They could attempt to trade for Denver Broncos backup Kyle Orton, but all reports suggest his price tag will be steep as well. Carson Palmer might be nice but the Cincinnati Bengals have said they’re unwilling to deal the disgruntled signal caller. They could also stay in house and start John Skelton, not exactly what fans had in mind. Otherwise the options are slim.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes those desperate measures are overpaying for something you really need. Like a food when you’re hungry or a quarterback when you won only five games.