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Report: McNabb, Kolb not available for trade

Philadelphia enters the offseason with all three of its quarterbacks entering a contract year. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This February 12, 2010, 02:56 PM EST

It’s always something in Philadelphia.

Every year, a different storyline unfolds in the City of Brotherly Love around the same time. First, it was Terrell Owens. Then, it was Anquan Boldin. Now-and this isn’t the first time-the spotlight has been placed squarely on quarterback Donovan McNabb.

And he isn’t alone.

Speculation has been mounting that McNabb may enter his 12th NFL season playing football for another team. Rumors have also been flying that backup quarterback Kevin Kolb-who the Eagles selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL draft-could also be on the move.

The Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings (if Favre retires) and Arizona Cardinals (among others) have all been linked to the rumors regarding McNabb and Kolb.

But here’s the kicker. Both McNabb and Kolb aren’t on the trading block, according to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.com.

Paolantonio writes, “The Eagles, according to multiple league sources, have so far told teams that both McNabb and his primary backup, Kevin Kolb, are not available.”

Interesting. But what else would you expect the Eagles to say?

They can drive the price up on both quarterbacks if they tell everyone that both McNabb and Kolb are off the market. By telling everyone in the free world that both guys are available, the Eagles would be weakening their negotiating position. Think about it. What’s more valuable, something you can have or something you can’t?

Plus, it helps from a team standpoint. By not publicly acknowledging that they are trying to move McNabb, the Eagles-for the moment-don’t have to worry about McNabb taking his beef public, possibly causing a storm to erupt between pro-McNabb and anti-McNabb fans in Philadelphia.

Bottom line: As it is every year in Philly, the offseason is going to be interesting to watch.

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