The Kevin Kolb drama rolls on and in Thursday’s episode there is intrigue and possible deception on tap.
That’s because former Eagles wide receiver Freddie “I’d like to thank my hands for being so great” Mitchell decided to take to the airwaves in Philadelphia to let Kolb know of the duplicitous nature of Andy Reid.
“Believe that if you want Kevin. Believe that if you want. Andy Reid … I love him to death. He’s like my father and whatever else, but I’m going to keep it real. Andy is going to do what is best for the Philadelphia Eagles. I tried when I was going on after we lost the Super Bowl [XXXIX] …I went in there and I did not want to go to the media, and I said, ‘Hey Coach Reid, I had problems with Donovan McNabb. You know I can’t eat off of 12 catches a year. I need more catches. I’m doing all the things with the blocking and whatever else to make it happen. I need more catches. Donovan will not throw me the ball.’ Andy Reid was like, ‘Okay Fred, well just don’t tell nobody. You don’t have to come to this next mini-camp. We’re going to try to…I know a couple of teams and we’re going to try to trade you.’
“At the end of the day what he tried to do was he tried to put a price tag on me that nobody was even going to touch. When they found out that they wasn’t going to touch me, he released me, and then the blackball began with all kinds of dirt saying I was a cancer to the team. I talk too much and everything else. It’s funny because you never heard a teammate complain about me. You never heard that or whatever else, but he put the cancer [comment] on. Kevin Kolb, do not think them guys or anybody in the NFL is your friend. The only friend that you have is your agent and, if you’re a left or right-handed quarterback, is your arm. That’s it. Them guys at the end of the day they are going to go and save their job, save their butt, and go out and do what’s best for the Philadelphia Eagles. You need to do what you need to do.”
So what does that long winded diatribe tell us about Kolb landing in the desert with the Arizona Cardinals? Well, honestly nothing but it is certainly interesting.
Is Mitchell airing a personal gripe with Reid and using the Kolb situation as leverage to do it? Probably, although that doesn’t mean there isn’t some truth to it.
Since the lockout began we’ve heard Reid praise Kolb and say that he’ll do everything to help him. At the same time we’ve heard that the price tag to acquire the young arm is astronomical.
If Reid truly believes that ‘whoever gets Kolb will compete for championships’, one has to wonder why exactly he’d get rid of him like last week’s newspapers (for those of you in the younger generation, like spam from your email inbox)? Then again, he did waver in his stance on trading his backup just weeks after that quote.
If Mitchell is right, even when the NFL lockout comes to an end the Kolb drama may not. Aren’t we lucky?