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If Browns didn't call Eagles, they should

By Marla Published: September 23, 2010

No one can tell who is telling the truth as trade rumors swirl about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.

But one thing is for sure -- if Browns general manager Tom Heckert hasn't made a phone call to check on the availability of Kolb, he should.

Not necessarily for this season. But the Browns must leave no stone unturned to find a quarterback of the future. Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are only short-term fixes and third-round pick Colt McCoy's performance in preseason only served to affirm president Mike Holmgren's vow not to play him in 2010. 

 Heckert was the Eagles GM when Kolb was drafted in the second round out of the University of Houston in 2007. It seems unlikely that the Eagles would dump Kolb now and hand the team to Michael Vick after seeing him for only two games this season. But it can't be ruled out before the Oct. 19 trade deadline. Writers in Philadelphia suggest that little to nothing the Eagles have said about Donovan McNabb, Kolb and Vick has been true.

In his Thursday column, Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News said the Eagles have handed the job to Vick because of the poor play of their offensive line, which has given up six sacks in each of the first two weeks. He ventured that six sacks against the Lions Sunday could have been 12 or 15 without the mobile Vick in the game.

Some in Philadelphia today are wondering whether Kolb, 26, will ever throw another pass for the Eagles, even though it seems stunning to think he would lose his job and be traded after suffering a concussion.

Eagles players seem to respect Kolb, several sending him text messages of support, according to the Daily News. He's the prototypical size -- 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds. Accuracy has been his strong suit.

When he came out of Houston, Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki wrote that Kolb was a ''system quarterback with the size, smarts and toughness to develop into a fine pro, but will likely require a few years of seasoning before he is ready. Has some intriguing traits, but he is far from a sure thing and will require patient coaching.''

Who better to provide that coaching than Holmgren?

Spending their first-round pick on a quarterback in the 2011 draft will be far from a sure thing for the Browns. So if Heckert hasn't already contacted the Eagles, it's time. The nebulous term of doing their due diligence certainly applies here.

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