Whenever the NFL lockout ends, there is going to be chaos as teams frantically sign free agents, and teams make trades to get ready for the 2011 season on an accelerated pace. It is going to be so crazy that I am already blocking out three days from work, school, and the family to lock myself away in my office/man cave to sort through it all, and of course help report what goes on to all of you. The rumblings have already started, and the big rumor right now is the Philadelphia Eagles trading QB Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
On the surface, I don’t know how much I like this trade because as a rule I generally do not, like what or how the Cardinals choose to handle their business. However, they are now in a situation where they have to trade for a guy who can run their offense. They are willing to deal away a young QB because apparently he is hard to coach. There are some reports out there that Cromartie has to be told to study, helped to be consistent, and coached on his attention to detail.
For me those are all big red flags that say Cromartie may have a work ethic issue, but of course the coaches in Philadelphia are far superior to the ones in the desert and there would be many veterans in the locker room to help keep a guy like this inline. For the Eagles, it seems like an acceptable risk as the reward far outweighs the risk.
For the Cardinals, they will likely have to give up at least a mid round draft pick to really get this deal done. However, the reports look to be like this trade is going to happen very shortly after the NFL gets back to business.