An NFL source is reporting that next month the Philadelphia Eagles plan to place their franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick and listen to trade offers for QB Kevin Kolb. This isn't exactly shocking news but this is a bit more official than what we've heard in the past. It doesn't mean the Eagles will in fact deal Kolb, but it makes it possible. The Eagles will have contractual control over both QBs and Kolb will remain a cheap option if they decide to hang on to him. Thanks to punty mcbunty for post this FanShot, but I think this is front page-worthy.
Assuming the franchise tag sticks around (as seems likely) and this report pans out, the question then becomes what will it cost to get Kolb. Well that and whether or not folks would want Kevin Kolb. I've seen folks indicate they'd take Kolb for just about any pick while others would only give up a middle round pick at best. It's a tough call because it depends on how much we believe in Kolb. Of course, given the 49ers new coach it's actually more than that. It's how much we could believe in Kolb and also how much we could believe in Coach Harbaugh's ability to mold him into a solid west coast offense quarterback.
If you have faith that Coach Harbaugh could develop Kolb into a solid quarterback in his offensive system, would you be a little more amenable to a higher pick? The way I look at it, if you think Harbaugh can make Kolb into a quality WCO quarterback (assuming you don't think Kolb already is such) then doesn't that make him worth a high pick, even a first rounder? If you can get your QB of the future for a first round pick is there anything wrong with that?