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Bird-brained idea, or Genius?


Should the Hawks do a deal with the Eagles, sending Wallace to Philly and Kolb to Seattle?

Facts:

Hasselbeck just turned 34, but barring a career ending injury will be the starter in 2010, the last year of his current contract.  Provided he stays healthy (which he hasn't done in years) and plays well, Seattle could extend his contract for another year or two.

McNabb is about to turn 33, but but barring a career ending injury will be the starter in 2010, the final year of his current contract (restructured last June for pay increases in 2009-10, but no extension yet).  Provided he stays healthy and plays well, Philly would have a tough time not extending his contract.

Kolb was drafted by the Eagles in 2007, early in the 2nd round.  He did not play in '07, very limited in '08, and has started several games in '09 when McNabb was injured, playing very well.  He is in the 3rd year of 4 year deal, so will be FA in 2011.  Philly will either need to release him, make him the starter, or pay him a lot of money for a backup QB.  He will have good value as a FA, not unlike Matt Schaub

Wallace was drafted by the Hawks in 2003, in the 4th round.  He has played extensively during the last 5 seasons during injuries to Hasselbeck and for the most part has played fairly well.  He will have only fair FA value, despite his experience.

Opinion:

Trading Wallace and the Denver pick (late 1st round) to Philly for Kolb and early 3rd round pick (that we sent to Philly last draft, in other words what would have been our pick anyway) has good value for both franchises.  

Value for Seattle:

Kolb has much more upside than Wallace as the future starter, and is a better prospect than Teel.  He should be very capable of stepping in if Hass goes down in 2010 and gives Seattle a legitimate option to not extend Hass contract.  Teel can continue to develop as the future #2.  While signing Kolb to a new contract won't be cheap, it won't be as expensive as a top 15 draft pick.  We get value for Wallace before he's a FA and get back our missing 3rd round pick.  The deal is somewhat reminiscent of the way we obtained Hass, who was stuck behind Favre, from Green Bay. 

Value for Philly:

McNabb is younger than Hass, better and less injury prone.  His future has more legs.  Wallace represents a cheaper backup than Kolb, he has more experience, and he also brings some of the skills of Vick, who should be released anyway because his optional 2nd year will cost Philly $5.2M.  Philly gets another 1st rounder and has two 3rd's, so can afford to give one up.  They can use a mid or late round pick on a developmental QB who could be ready 3-4 years down the road and be a cheap #3 in the interim.

Tidbit: 

So, what do you think Field Gulls, Genius, or a Bird-brained idea?  

Kolb is an avid hunter; it has been reported that the native Texan hunts wild hogs with a couple of dogs and a 12-inch bowie knife. He asserts that controlling the hog population is an essential part of protecting his hometown's crops. "One hog can ruin an entire field of crops in just one night. They dig up and eat the roots. They need to be controlled," says Kolb.[5] 

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