Eagles deal Kolb to Arizona

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb celebrates a victory over the Atlanta Falcons after the...

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb celebrates a victory over the Atlanta Falcons after the fourth quarter of NFL football action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

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PHILADELPHIA - The Kevin Kolb trade is finally done.

It's not a shocker.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick in 2012, completing a long-rumored deal that went into hibernation during the NFL labor negotiations.

Although Eagles coach Andy Reid said there were a lot of teams involved in the discussions, Kolb was always seen as the top target in Arizona's search for a No. 1 quarterback after four yo-yo seasons on the Philadelphia roster.

Indeed, it appears Kolb will get another chance to be a full-time starter in the NFL.

He will sign a five-year contract extension with the Cardinals worth over $63 million, including more than $20 million in guaranteed money, according to FoxSports.com.

"I'm pulling for him," said Reid. "I think he deserves this opportunity."

In return, the Eagles received a 25-year-old corner who has started every game for the Cardinals the past two seasons as well as a valuable draft pick.

Kolb was drafted by the Eagles early in the second round in 2007 and served as a backup for three seasons before Donovan McNabb was traded to the Redskins after the 2009 season.

But his long-awaited debut as Philadelphia's No. 1 quarterback lasted only a half. He was knocked out of last year's season-opener against Green Bay with a concussion, opening the door for Michael Vick and his career-reviving season.

Kolb, 26, has played only 19 games in the NFL. He started seven of those games -- including five last season -- and has passed for 2,082 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Rodgers-Cromartie fills a need for the Eagles, giving them a Pro Bowl corner on both sides of the field. There is little doubt he will start opposite Asante Samuel in the defensive backfield.

In three seasons since the Cardinals drafted him No. 16 overall in 2008, Rodgers-Cromartie totaled 128 tackles and 13 interceptions in 48 games with four touchdowns.


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