Andy Reid says all Kevin Kolb trade talks were pre-lockout

Andy Reid said the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t get down and dirty in trade talks for quarterback Kevin Kolb during the 24-hour period last month when the NFL lockout was briefly lifted.

Speculation – or hope in some corners – in Philadelphia has been that the team has a deal in place and just needs to the league to start the new league year for a trade to be executed. Not so fast says Reid.

According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, Reid said a number of teams expressed interest in Kolb prior to the lockout beginning but that to his understanding rules didn’t change during the brief lifting of the lockout.

You weren't supposed to finalize any deals and even get into that type of talk about deals,” Reid said.

So, the Eagles are forced to hurry up and wait like everyone else. When the new league year begins, then they can begin the trade process all over.

“You have an idea of who's interested in quarterbacks . . . but you couldn't do any deals then,” Reid said. “You never got to that point where it's real serious; it was too far in advance. And you can't talk at all now. So, if he ends up going somewhere, more power to him, he deserves that opportunity. But I also like him here.”

Kolb is signed through this season and considering the Eagles’ commitment to Michael Vick, it would be very surprising if he is an Eagle when the regular season finally begins.

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