The Boston Globe on Monday polled seven anonymous NFL general managers and player personnel people about how much they’d be willing to give up for Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Kevin Kolb. Of those seven ‘experts’, six said they wouldn’t give up a first round pick for him.
It was a report that got Sports 620 KTAR’s Ron Wolfley fired up.
“The anonymous source thing drives me crazy,” he said Monday morning on Doug and Wolf.
“When you’re anonymous you’re likely to say a lot more things. A lot of things you don’t even believe. That’s number one. Number two, I will tell you this, if you’re an anonymous source and you have Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as your quarterback, do you think Kevin Kolb is going to be worth giving up a one for?
“I also know this. There were four quarterbacks taken in the first 12 picks of this year’s draft and every one of them, in my opinion, has a much lower percentage of being a franchise quarterback than Kolb has. Every one of them.”
Wolf brings up a solid point. Depending on which general managers and personnel guys were asked, the answer would vary greatly. Logic dictates that the newspaper wouldn’t have talked with representatives of teams in search of a longterm answer at quarterback since they’d be unwilling to talk about their plans. Thus, the people who were asked likely wouldn’t be willing to give up much for a quarterback like Kolb.
A team like the Arizona Cardinals knows all too well the value of a, not even great, but good starting quarterback. When you look at the struggles Ken Whisenhunt and his staff had at the position in 2010 (and what the franchise has struggled with most of its existence) you can see how what they’re willing to spend would be much higher than other teams.
It doesn’t matter what seven anonymous people have to say about Kolb, when it comes to the Cardinals the only thing that matters is what Whisenhunt and the front office has to say.