Reports are indicating that the Philadelphia Eagles will place the franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick for the 2011 season. The report also states that the team will entertain trade offers for backup Kevin Kolb during the offseason. This move will ensure that Vick will remain for an Eagle for at least one more season.
In my opinion, the potential of a lockout is the main reason for franchising Vick. It gives the Eagles time to negotiate a long-term contract with the quarterback. Vick had an incredibly 2010 season with the Eagles. He threw for 3, 018 yards with 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Eagles but the emergence of Vick allowed the team to win the division.
Kolb could have a lot of value on the open market. The quarterback draft class is very weak this year with Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton being the best available options. I think that Kolb will definitely be dealt before draft day just as Donovan McNabb was last season. Kolb was very effective for the Eagles this season, winning two of the three games that he started. Kolb threw for 1,187 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions for the Eagles this season. Kolb would make a nice addition to a West Coast offense that is looking for that franchise quarterback.