Freddie Mitchell warns Kevin Kolb on reality in Philadelphia
Leave it to Freddie Mitchell to come up with the needed catch on fourth-and-26 and leave it to the former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver to speak his mind.
Mitchell did just that in a recent visit with Howard Eskin and Ike Reese in Philadelphia on WIP. He ripped into the idea that Andy Reid would look out for Kevin Kolb’s best interest when it comes to possible trading the quarterback. That’s after Mitchell laughed at the idea. And laughed a little more.
Hat tip to the fine folks at Sportsradiointerviews.com for providing the full transcript which you can find right here.
“Yeah, OK. Believe that if you want, Kevin. Believe that if you want. Hey, I’ll tell you what, Andy Reid, I love him to death. He’s like my father and whatever else, but I’m gonna 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) or whatever else. I went in there and I did not want to go to the media or whatever else 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 ‘OK, Fred, well just don’t tell nobody. You don’t have to come to this next minicamp. 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.”
Of course, Mitchell leaves out the fact that trading Kolb is probably what Reid believes is best for the Eagles. He's not signed past 2011 and the team needs to get something for its investment while it can.
But don’t say Mitchell didn’t warn Kolb.
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