Finally, the Eagles stopped their Rip Van Winkle impersonation and woke up.
As soon as the lockout was lifted, NFL players were being trafficked like illegal drugs while the entire Eagles organization snored.
At least their alarm clock rang today and after an eternity of speculation, they did indeed trade backup quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick.
That was worth waiting for. A good deal for the Birds, who needed another corner more than Andy Reid needs to eat.
The Cards, who were unarmed at quarterback and desperate for anybody who could fling a spiral, extended Kolb’s contract five years for $63 million with over $20 million guaranteed. And he now gets to throw to stud wideout Larry Fitzgerald.
Meanwhile, the Eagles finally stopped slumbering in the free agent market and found themselves a pass rusher.
They have agreed to terms with defensive end Jason Babin, who played for the Birds in 2009 but wasn’t that effective in part-time duty. Now the Eagles are bringing him back with a five-year deal worth $28 million with roughly $5-6 million guaranteed.
Babin, who had 12.5 sacks last year, blossomed in Tennessee under Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who by dumb luck now coaches the Philly D-line.
Perhaps all good things come to those who wait. We shall see.