The Eagles wasted little time finding Kolb's replacement, according to two online reports late Thursday night. Vince Young appears to be their guy.
The former Tennessee Titans quarterback was released Thursday, and NFL.com reported that Young had agreed to a one-year deal with the Eagles. CBSSports.com also reported that the Eagles were expected to sign him. Team officials were not available to comment late Thursday.
A five-year veteran, Young was the third overall pick in the 2006 draft out of Texas. He fell out of favor in Tennessee, and Kerry Collins replaced Young as the Titans' starter last season.
"I would never have done this if I didn't feel that Mike Kafka could be a backup," Reid said of the Kolb trade. "But that's a position you need to take care of."
The trade was negotiated by Eagles president Joe Banner and Arizona GM Rod Graves. "This is really a win-win situation for both teams," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said.
Indeed, the Eagles got the starting right cornerback they needed. And the Cardinals got the starting quarterback they had to have after finishing 5-11 last season, one year removed from the Super Bowl. It came with a price, though.
Kolb received a five-year contract extension that could pay him more than $63 million, with $21 million of it guaranteed. And, of course, Arizona had to part with a second-round pick.
Was that too much to pay for a quarterback who went 3-4 in only seven career starts?
"I think, ultimately, the best way to answer that is: We'll see," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters in Arizona.
Said Eagles coach Andy Reid: "Obviously, Dominique is a first-round talent at corner, and you get the second-round pick. That tells you that other people believed [Kolb] was a good football player."
The Kolb era in Philadelphia is ending before it ever really got started. Selected in the second round of the 2007 draft, he was finally handed the starting job last offseason after the Eagles traded away McNabb. But Kolb lost the job to Michael Vick by the third week after he suffered a concussion in the opener.
Messages left with Kolb were not returned. He is expected to arrive at Cardinals training camp in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Friday. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, he cannot start practicing until Aug. 4 because his contract was renegotiated.
Kolb will have little time to learn the system, but the Cardinals run a similar version of the Eagles' West Coast offense.
"He's in a good position there with good players around him, and I know he'll do a great job," Reid said. "I'm pulling for him."
Rodgers-Cromartie will report to Eagles training camp on Friday and could begin practicing by Saturday, Reid said. He will jump in right away and start opposite Asante Samuel once the latter returns from an excused absence.
The 25-year-old is in many ways a carbon copy of Samuel, although he is taller (6-foot-2 to Samuel's 5-10). Both are superb cover men and ball hawks, but neither is known for tackling.
"When we look at corners, you want them to be able to tackle, but that's a little bit down on the list of things you're looking for," Roseman said.
Rodgers-Cromartie has 13 interceptions in three seasons and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2009. He had a down season by most estimations last year, though. He's a bit of a character, an enigma to some Arizona reporters who covered him, and sometimes he would walk barefoot through the Cardinals locker room with painted toenails.
Rodgers-Cromartie has two years left on his contract.
The Eagles will host the Cardinals on Nov. 13.
QB Backup Plan
So, who will back up starting quarterback Michael Vick for the Eagles?
Here are some possibilities:
Vince Young: The former starter for the Titans has talent but is seen by many as a problem player these days. He is said to like the Eagles.
Marc Bulger: Could the former Rams starter and Ravens backup be a younger version of Jeff Garcia?
Jake Delhomme: A decent player for the Panthers for a few seasons, he could step in and play. But is he a winner anymore?
Other possibilities: Matt Moore, Billy Volek, David Carr, Brodie Croyle, Trent Edwards, Jim Sorgi, J.P. Losman, Kyle Boller, and Troy Smith.
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