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Eagles QB Kolb tries to stay positive while trade rumors swirl

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Kevin Kolb showed up to Philadelphia Eagles players' workouts Thursday. Whether or not he'll play with them next season is another question.

The quarterback, whose name has been batted around in trade speculation all offseason, can't be dealt to a new team until the NFL lockout, now in its third month, is over. When that happens is anyone's guess, so for now, Kolb is trying to make the best of it.

"It's pretty tough, but y'all have known me for a long time, and the way that I handle things is that I kind of keep things out of my life," Kolb told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I don't pay too much attention to it.

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"It's hard, when it has to do with my life, but I keep a positive attitude and keep moving forward, and whatever happens, I'll be ready to roll."

The Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns are among the teams mentioned as possibly being interested in acquiring Kolb, who lost his starting job last year after he was injured and Michael Vick stepped in to play at a Pro Bowl level. Kolb admits he doesn't know where he'll be next season, but he said Eagles coach Andy Reid told him, "I'll do what's best for you."

"He does that for all his players and all his coaches," Kolb said. "That's what makes him great. That's why he's been around as long as any coach that's coaching right now."

Wherever he goes, Kolb wants to be the starter -- it's "a big deal to me," he said -- but even if he stays in Philadelphia, he promises not to be a distraction.

"If the situation (of staying with the Eagles) can't be avoided, I'm not going to sit there and be a turd," Kolb said. "That's not my style. I think that I've voiced my opinion, and there's nothing more I can do. Just like always, whatever situation arises, I'll just have to roll with the punches."

With his future uncertain, Kolb had stayed at his Texas home almost all offseason, but he wanted to be with his Eagles teammates, especially since it could be one of the last times.

"It crosses your mind," Kolb said. "That's one of the reasons I wanted to come back. Shoot, I've spent 4 years with these guys -- they're more than teammates to me."

Eagles third-string quarterback Mike Kafka, who said Wednesday that he's ready to be the No. 2 guy if needed, also attended Thursday's workout in Evesham, N.J. Vick, who helped organize the week's sessions, wasn't there because the U.S. Attorney's Office had him speak to inner-city students about the 544 days he spent in federal prison on dogfighting charges.

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