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Seahawks Interested in McNabb and Kolb

ESPN's Paolantonio: Seattle Wants Kolb or McNabb
By Lance Epstein

Every other day there seems to be a new team interested in one of the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks and today is no different. There have been various reports since the beginning of free agency that numerous teams have contacted the Eagles regarding quarterbacks Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb and Michel Vick.

On Wednesday, Sal Paolantonio told 97.5's Mike Missanelli that a new team has entered the picture and that team is the Seattle Seahawks.

"What I'm hearing from very reliable sources is that the Seattle Seahawks are the team that has been calling the Philadelphia Eagles non-stop and they want Kolb or McNabb," Paolantonio said.

One of the major reasons the Seahawks would be a player for McNabb and Kolb is because first year head coach Pete Carroll does not want to embarrass himself in his second stint in the NFL. Obtaining one of these two quarterbacks would make for a huge splash for Carroll.

"Seattle is very, very interested in McNabb or kolb because pete Carroll does not want to lose in his first season back in the NFL," Paolantonio said. "He wants to come out of the gates winning."

The Seahawks lured Carroll away from the University of Southern California after firing Jim Mora. Unfortunately for Mora, his first year with the club was a disaster, which led to the team's 5-11 record. Mora's did not get much help from his starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck who was plagued by injuries in 2009. Hasselbeck finished the throwing for 3,029 yards, 17 touchdown and 17 interceptions.

The Seahawks are unsure whether the soon to be 35-year-old (turns 35 in September) Hasselbeck has anything left in the tank. Furthermore, Seattle currently does not have an adequate backup after trading backup quarterback Seneca Wallace to the Cleveland Browns on Monday.

With the Seahawk's franchise questioning the incumbent Hasselbeck, either McNabb or Kolb would certainly be a huge upgrade and stabilization to the quarterback position.

McNabb gives the 'Hawks a stars of the NFL and definitely the best quarterback in the NFC West (now that Warner is gone). If Seattle is able to get McNabb via trade and hold onto both of their first round picks, they could leapfrog from cell dweller, all the way to NFC elite in just one off-season. McNabb going to Seattle changes the balance of power in the NFC West from the Cardinals to the Seahawks.

As for Kolb, Carroll and the organization would have their long term solution at the quarterback position and would be the only team in the NFC West that could claim that. Also, Kolb is 26 and has shown in limited play that he could be the next Matt Schaub.

For Seattle to get McNabb or Kolb, they would have to somehow convenience Eagles head coach Andy Reid to trade McNabb or Kolb. Reid reiterated for about the 100th time this past weekend that McNabb will be the Eagles starting quarterback in 2010.

Moreover, Reid liked the idea of having all three quarterbacks coming back next year and thought most teams would love to be in his position.

However, Paolantonio also proclaimed that he firmly believes McNabb will be wearing another uniform sometime during this off-season. So the question for the Eagles is, what kind of value will they get by trading McNabb or Kolb?

McNabb will certainly bring more value back to the Eagles as he is a proven commodity in the NFL. Although he is 33-years old and will demand a new contract since his currently expires at the end of the 2010 season. Regardless, Seattle might be willing to give up their second round pick, which is eighth overall to the Eagles for McNabb.

This might not be enough to tempt Reid to make a deal considering the rumor that the Rams are willing to part with the first overall pick in the second round. Seattle could up the ante by sending the Eagles one of their two first round picks.

There is absolutely no way the Seahawks gives up the sixth overall pick but the 14th overall is still in play. At 14 the Eagles could draft the elusive C.J. Spiller, make it easier to trade up to get safety Eric Berry, or possibly get the top defensive end in the draft, Derrick Morgan. It will be hard for the Eagles to pass up on the 14th overall pick if offered.

As for Kolb, the Eagles would most likely get a second rounder and future considerations for the Seahawks. To be honest, if the Eagles believe Kolb is going to be a star and their future, there is no way they accept anything less than a first and third rounder. In all, it is doubtful that Kolb is on the move unless the Eagles were interested in taking a quarterback high in the draft.

Once the draft gets closer, the rumors and speculation will heat up but right now according to Pro Football Talk the Eagles have refused to listen to offers for McNabb.

Other Eagles news:

Another interesting piece of news to come out of the Sal Paolantonio interview on 97.5 was the fact Palantonio emphatically stated that the well has gone dry for the services of Michael Vick. He said both St. Louis and Buffalo had dried up on the idea of Vick.

If this report is true (it is Sal Pal and he is sometimes way off), the Eagles will probably hold onto Vick until the preseason and if a veteran quarterback goes down, trade him. Also, do not be surprised if Favre retires if the Vikings make a strong push for the quarterback.


Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia is reporting that the Seahawks are not interest in both McNabb and Kolb, but just Kevin Kolb. According to the web site, a Seahawks sources said they have contacted the Eagles about Kolb not McNabb.

Furthermore, the sources said that getting McNabb would leave the Seahawks in the same boat as they are in with veteran Hasselbeck. He did not elaborate on what that meant but it could be that both are scheduled to be free agents at the end of the 2010 season or both are on the downside of their careers.

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