If you ask anyone about the toughest and most essential position in football, most will tell you its the QB position. That's why you see teams spending big money and making huge trades for that one piece they feel they need. Well, this off-season is no different. In the Wild Wild West 2011 off-season of the NFL, the Cardinals have agreed to trade CB Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and a 2012 draft pick to Philadelphia for the prize of the 2011 NFL QB pool, Kevin Kolb. The Cardinals also are going to give Kolb a guaranteed $30 million in a new deal. All seem to be rejoicing and saying that Arizona made a great deal. All but me agree on that.
I believe Arizona got the worst of this deal. I know some will think I'm crazy, but let me explain why. Kolb hasn't exactly had the most experience as a starter in this league. When Matt Cassel was traded from the Patriots to the Chiefs, he had started a full year and proven that he could at least handle the ups and downs of being a starting QB in the NFL. Besides that, let's revisit the last time a Vick backup was traded for my case. QB Matt Schuab was supposed to be this great QB that was mired behind Michael Vick in Atlanta. The Houston Texans saw a potential superstar QB in him and made a big trade to get him. Fast forward to a now and while Schuab has put up stats, he has also incurred injuries and never got his team to the playoffs.
Arizona has been notorious for having bad defense. So, in order to upgrade their offense, they trade arguably their best defensive player to get a QB? To me, that doesn't make any sense. What would have made sense is to trade for Kyle Orton from Denver. You could have upgraded your QB position and also kept your best cover corner. I think the world of rookie Patrick Peterson, but I question if he's ready to be the feature corner on this team.
For the Eagles, they made out like bandits in this deal. This deal effectively takes them out of the market for a corner. This deal also saves them money. They get Rogers-Cromartie while he's still in his rookie deal and they still have money to spend to improve their team and possibly go after the likes of LB Nick Barnett, DE Ray Edwards or DE Jason Babin. Another thing the Eagles could do is work out new deals for DeSean Jackson and Michael Vick as well.
In the end, these two teams still have to play the games, but in my estimation, the Eagles have always been a smart team when it comes to handling the salary cap and handling trades. I didn't agree with the Donovan McNabb deal last year. I couldn't understand it. But as I look at their organization now, they knew what they were doing and it was a stroke of genius. They seem to have perfect timing and this new deal to acquire a great young corner that they needed is just an example of the genius of the Eagles' front office.
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