Here’s a collection of news stories and rumors from the last two days.
The asking price for Eagles QB Kevin Kolb has been speculated to be anything from a second-round pick to two first-round picks. National Football Post’s Dan Pompei says that the price for Kolb could a first-round pick and “something else” which could be a third-round pick.
Pompei adds that “no one expects them to come too far off their asking price,” and that it’s “starting to look as if it’s a possibility that Kolb might be back in Philly.”
With all things considered, the Eagles seem as though they’re willing to keep Kolb as their backup for the 2011 season unless someone comes in blows them away with a great offer. A lot of people have mentioned Michael Vick‘s style of play as being another reason why keeping Kolb would make sense in case Vick gets injured.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see them keep Kolb for the upcoming season and see how Vick performs before addressing the quarterback position. Rushing into a move wouldn’t allow them to use their leverage the minimize the chances that they make the wrong longterm decision. If Vick shows any signs of regressing they could let him go and sign Kolb to longterm deal. While Vick is an unparalleled talent at the quarterback position, there is plenty of questions as to whether he’s worth investing in longterm because o the fact that his running ability is directly linked to his effectiveness. I wouldn’t expect the Eagles quarterback situation to differ much from last year.
The Eagles continued to address their defensive problems from last season by signing former Cincinnati Bengal LB Rashad Jeanty to a one-year deal. Jeanty missed the entire 2010 season because of a fracture to his left tibia and ankle during the Bengals playoff game in January 2010.
Philadelphia has already brought in the CFL’s sack leader DE Phillip Hunt so the make over continues on the defensive side of the ball. Other moves will still have to be made to shore up a rather suspect defense from a year ago.
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reports that a “high-ranking team source” has informed them that RT Winston Justice is scheduled to undergo a routine scope on his left knee. Earlier reports suggested that Justice was going to undergo a microfracture operation but that has been refuted by team officials.
The team source admitted that the scope could reveal possible serious damage, but added that they’re confident Justice’s recovery time will only require a weeks. Jason Peters underwent a similar procedure and only missed two games.
Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com reports that CB Ellis Hobbs will retire because of a neck injury that he suffered during the season. Hobbs had already suffered a serious neck injury so the latest injury has caused plenty of concern regarding his wellbeing. A source told Caplan that the injury was higher up in neck adding to the severity of the injury.
Cornerback was already a concern for the Eagles but now it will be imperative that the team bring in someone that can play opposite of Asante Samuel. Philadelphia has already been rumored to be one of the top suitors for No. 1 free agent Nnamdi Asomugha and now you would have to think that they’ll make a serious run at him.