Kafka gives Eagles confidence they can trade Kolb

A couple factors have combined to put the Philadelphia Eagles in a position where they need to trade Kevin Kolb, something Andy Reid has acknowledged the club has explored.

For starters, Kolb told the team he wants out. Not every player who requests an out is granted one, in fact few get their wish, but this makes too much sense. The club is committing to Michael Vick in a big way, having placed the exclusive franchise tag on him, and Kolb is only signed for one more year. The Eagles have to trade him now or risk losing him with no compensation a year from now.

It’s always a good idea to have a qualified backup in place, but the other factor that’s not getting as much play is the team’s confidence in Mike Kafka. A fourth-round draft pick from Northwestern a year ago, Kafka was a quick learner under offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and what goes unmentioned is the Eagles appear to have as much faith in Kafka’s ability to develop as they do Kolb’s ability. Plus, Kafka is under contract for three more seasons.

“Within that realm, I think he could be – I’m trying to think back – the best rookie that I’ve ever had in 15, 16, 17 years or something like that,” Mornhinweg said during training camp, according to the Wilmington News Journal. “So, he’s really sharp. Now, he’s sharp book-wise, but he’s also very intelligent in a football sense. He’s really picked it up very quickly. … We’ll see how he progresses.”

Kafka has progressed to the point that the Eagles feel comfortable dealing Kolb for draft picks and moving forward with him as the No. 2 quarterback. Now, it’s a matter of whether or not the team can move Kolb.

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