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Cardinals coach Whisenhunt engulfed by Kolb trade rumors

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Teams are forbidden from discussing potential trades during the NFL lockout, but Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't exactly dismiss growing speculation that Arizona will pursue a swap of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb once a new labor deal is struck.

"I don't even know where that speculation started about trading or what we're going to give up," Whisenhunt told The Arizona Republic on Wednesday. "We don't even know if they (the Eagles) are willing to do that. That's something that everybody speculates on."

Mike Jurecki of KGME-AM reported earlier this week that the Cardinals would offer Rodgers-Cromartie, a 2008 first-round draft pick who made the Pro Bowl in 2009, as part of a deal to acquire Kolb.

Kolb, who lost the Eagles' starting job to Michael Vick last season, has one year remaining on his contract, so the team is looking to trade him before he becomes a free agent.

Even Kolb has heard the speculation that he'll land with the Cardinals -- and he's OK with that.

"Arizona would be a great place," Kolb said Tuesday on "The Dan Patrick Show," with guest host Howard Eskin. "I've obviously envisioned myself there and some other places. They all have a chance to be great, and that's the kind of team you want to go to if you're going to be traded."

The Cardinals are one of several NFL teams with a glaring need for a starting quarterback, and Kolb is expected to be pursued by many, if not most of them. Another potential suitor for Kolb might be the Cardinals' NFC West rivals, the Seattle Seahawks.

Whisenhunt also touched on rumors that the Cardinals were planning to sign veteran free-agent quarterback Marc Bulger, a former Pro Bowl pick who was the Baltimore Ravens' backup last season.

"And yet (Tuesday), there was a report that (Bulger) didn't even want to come here, to Arizona," Whisenhunt said. "So which one is it? Is it, we've already worked a deal under the table or is it he does not want to come here?"

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