Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb wants to be someone’s starting quarterback in 2011, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
“I love it here, as everybody knows,” Kolb said after being the #2 quarterback during yesterday’s 21-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. “My family’s settled in here. I would love to be starting here. But I want to be starting somewhere.”
Kolb opened the season as the starting quarterback, but was injured during a Week 1 loss to the Packers, creating an opportunity for Michael Vick to step in and claim the team’s starting job.
For the season, Kolb completed 115-of-189 pass attempts for 1,197 yards with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, compiling a passer rating of 76.1. Kolb’s numbers are skewed by a terrible performance in the regular season finale, which saw the the Eagles sit many of their key play-makers on offense, including LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, and limited roles for Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek.
Signed last April to a one-year contract extension, which included a nearly $11 million signing bonus, Kolb (6-3, 220) is scheduled to earn $1.392 million in base salary in 2011.
Teams, particularly those who won’t be in position to draft a quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft, will be interested in adding Kolb. The already visible roadblocks will be the lack of a collective bargaining agreement, which will prevent teams from trading players during a lockout, and the Eagles’ asking price, which could include a first-round pick, in either 2011 or 2012.
Philadelphia is also unlikely to move Kolb until they’ve secured Vick, a free agent this off-season, for the long-term.