Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid has already admitted that the team is listening to trade offers for quarterback Kevin Kolb, who has one year remaining on his current contract with $1.392 million due in 2011. According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, "one team willing to offer a first-round pick for Kolb" and now Reid is looking for a better deal, perhaps a higher first round pick.
According to Geoff Hobson, the Bengals have yet to inquire for Kolb.
Asked at the league meetings if he thought the Bengals would be interested in the man with one year left on his deal backing up Michael Vick, Reid said, "I don't know. We're getting quite a little bit of play on it, so we'll see."
Wouldn't Kolb have more value as a first round pick then say, Blaine Gabbert, A.J. Green or Cam Newton from a Bengals perspective? Along with the experience of 19 regular season games, Kolb spent all of it in a west coast style offense -- a similar style that the Bengals are implementing this year. Additionally, Kolb could be an immediate starter whereas a rookie would need time to adjust to the NFL, adapting to the complexity of an NFL playbook with a system that neither Gabbert or Newton have played under -- you know, like taking a snap from under center.
The team could sign Kolb to an extension and the quarterback situation is temporarily resolved before the draft, allowing the Bengals to address other spots on the roster.
We see the value of trading for Kolb, even with the team's fourth overall selection. The Bengals, on the other hand, as of now, do not.