The Cleveland Browns have revamped the front office, and it appears while Eric Mangini will be the head coach in 2010, not much else will be the same. Aboard is Mike Holmgren, coming in as the teams President, and Tom Heckert also joins the club as the General Manager.
There’s already been words about the clubs QB spot, and it appears that both Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn better not get too comfortable in Cleveland, as it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see one of, if not both of them gone. Today the National Football Post’s Mike Lombardi spoke about a possible thought of a deal with the Browns and Eagles centering around QB Kevin Kolb:
Is the draft an option, or is making a trade? I’m not sure the draft is a viable option for the Browns, based on the talent available. With all the recent speculation, it appears that trade rumors are running rampant in Cleveland, many centering on the Philadelphia Eagles. The Birds have two quarterbacks (Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb) who may be of interest to Holmgren and his new general manager, Tom Heckert, who also came from Philadelphia. In spite of all the talk, it would be hard for me to imagine that McNabb would not agree to a contract extension to join the Browns, nor would it be hard to imagine the Browns would trade for McNabb without an extension. So that leads me to believe if the Browns have interest in an Eagles quarterback, it would have to center mostly on Kolb. Heckert loved Kolb when he was in Philadelphia, was responsible for drafting him and can accurately describe him to Holmgren with regard to work habits, character and, most important, his potential as a full-time starter.
So what’s Kolb worth? I’m sure if the Browns offered their first-round pick, the seventh overall, they would get the Eagles’ full attention. But do they have to offer that much? Better yet, is Kolb worth that much? The Eagles might say that’s not enough, but they also once said they’d never take less than a two for Lito Sheppard, so we know if the Browns offered that pick, the deal is done. I strongly doubt that will happen, but what if the Browns offered Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers for Kolb?
The move does make some sense considering that the Browns need a QB, and there was some early issues with Rogers last season. Now the question is does Philly want to part with Kolb, and would a deal with the Browns be able to be made based on all the players involved. It’s worth keeping your eyes on for sure.