Five moves to expect soon after the lockout ends
Once the NFL lockout is over, teams will need to move quickly on free agency and the trade market to get players into their system as quickly as possible. As soon as the league announces it's open for business, moves will happen quickly.
Here are five headlines we expect to see within a week of the lockout ending:
The 26-year-old Eagles quarterback didn't put up big numbers in seven games last season (7 TDs, 7 INTs, 76.1 rating), but his stats are skewed because the team threw him out there with the third team against Dallas in a disastrous Week 17 loss. Kolb showed he's a very proficient West Coast quarterback in impressive wins over San Francisco and Atlanta last season.
But the most important reason the Cardinals will go after Kolb is his leadership. Kolb showed what kind of teammate he is by how he handled losing his starting job to Michael Vick. And teammates have always rallied around Kolb going back to his days at the University of Houston.
The big question is: will the Cardinals give up a first-round pick? Seems like a reasonable price for a starting quarterback, but maybe multiple second-rounders would be enough. Arizona also has to re-sign Kolb, who is only due about $1 million this season after signing a two-year, $12 million contract extension before last season.
The Eagles are well aware of Burress' talents because he has had a lot of success against them through the years. The 34-year-old wideout is big and strong and would give Vick a new kind of target. Even though he's not fast, Burress doesn't need as much separation as other receivers to catch the ball. The Eagles will encourage Vick to get rid of the ball quickly next season, which means he could comfortably target Burress early in plays.
Some of the other teams reportedly interested in Asomugha could be scared off by his price tag. Teams like the Jets and Ravens are already spending a lot of money at cornerback. The Patriots could certainly use Asomugha, but they don't pay a lot for that position. The Lions also have to covet Asomugha, but he may not be convinced Detroit is ready to become a playoff team.
The Jets are in a Super Bowl-or-bust mode and have no fear of character issues -- just look at Holmes and Edwards. They also believe in bringing in veterans that other teams think are washed up, like LaDainian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor. Moss' agent, Joel Segal, is talking Moss up. And the 34-year-old receiver has already had one major career resurrection when he left Oakland for New England.
* And one headline we won't read before the season starts...