Highly unlikely Eagles can get 2011 draft picks in Kolb trade

Trading Kevin Kolb looks like it’s going to become a lot more challenging for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The plan all along has been able to deal the quarterback for pick(s) in the upcoming draft. With the draft now 11 days away, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports it’s highly unlikely the lockout will be lifted in time for the Eagles to package Kolb for picks in this year’s draft.

Team are prohibited from trading players during the lockout, meaning the draft will likely come and go with Kolb remaining property of the Eagles.

Then, the question comes what the Eagles will seek in a deal after the draft. They could look to the future and focus on picks in the 2012 draft, but that won’t help them this coming season. Kolb is signed for only one more season, so Philadelphia needs to trade him and in order to maximize his value, they need to do so early in the offseason allowing Kolb time to learn a system with a new team.

The Eagles have long been rumored to be seeking a first-round pick in exchange for Kolb. Are they willing to wait until 2012 to use that pick? They might have to because putting together a player-for-player deal is tough to do in the NFL, as McLane points out.

Stay tuned. Once the draft arrives, the Eagles are going to have to move to Plan B when it comes to wheeling and dealing with Kolb.

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