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No trade for Eagles' Kolb imminent as window for deals opens

The Philadelphia Eagles hope to receive a first-round draft pick in exchange for backup quarterback Kevin Kolb, according to sources, but they might not be able to do so. As of Tuesday morning, there was no trade on the table, and this situation could take more time than most expected.

Any Kolb trade would have to include contract negotiations with his new team, and the market remains now as it was expected, with the Arizona Cardinals interested in the fifth-year pro.

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The Seattle Seahawks were said to be interested in Kolb at one point, but they opted to go in a different direction because of reservations about how steep the Eagles' price would be in trade compensation and financial compensation paid to the quarterback.

The Seahawks have agreed to terms with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who played under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in Minnesota. Seattle also is expected to sign Matt Leinart, coach Pete Carroll's former quarterback at USC, to join Charlie Whitehurst as signal-callers on the roster.

Kolb also could end up remaining in Philadelphia if the team can't receive what it deems to be fair value. Furthermore, the Eagles could retain Kolb into the future with a franchise tag if need be, so it's not a foregone conclusion that he would become an unrestricted free agent in 2012, a possible leverage chip for the team.

Kolb was anointed the Eagles' starting quarterback entering the 2010 season, only to sustain a concussion and then watch Michael Vick take over the job.

Kolb recently stated that although he respects Eagles coach Andy Reid a great deal, he would like to move on to a team for which he could start.

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