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49ers Must Get in Line to Land Kolb

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 26: Quarterback Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms-up on the sidelines while taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Eagles defeated the Jaguars 28-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Kolb

    Philadelphia won't comment on potential player trades but most pundits thing that Kevin Kolb will be available for the right price this off season.

    That theory grew stronger when the Eagles signed Michael Vick to his franchise tender, ensuring
    that Kolb would remain the backup quarterback in Philadelphia. A seat the young QB does not want to keep warm.

    But with the ongoing labor strive, Kolb's future is on hold until a new collective bargaining agreement can be reached.

    That isn't stopping teams from talking about potential trades they would like to make. And ESPN's Adam Schefter is throwing some more fire on the embers of three teams who are all in desperate need of a quarterback.

    The veteran reporter sent out a tweet that said every NFC West team, including the San Francisco 49ers, should be interested in Kolb except for the St. Louis Rams, who have Sam Bradford.

    "Hard to pinpoint specific teams interested in Kevin Kolb, but every NFC West team except St. Louis has to consider him and deal with Eagles," he tweeted Monday morning.

    The statement is hardly earth-shattering but it was enough to get the rumor mill churning. The Arizona Republic even goes as far as to detail three quarterbacks the Cardinals will target this off season: Kolb, Kyle Orton and Carson Palmer.

    The paper says the team would be willing to part with draft picks to get Kolb. Some reports have surfaced that the Eagles want a first round pick for the quarterback.

    But part of that report could be based on word that Cardinals' star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was pushing the team to acquire Kolb.

    Fitzgerald denied that report and said he has no idea who will be the team's starting quarterback.

    Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune believes that the Seattle Seahawks might be willing to give up a lot to acquire Kolb.

    In an online chat Tuesday, Williams said the Seahawks tried to acquire Kolb last season but the Eagles didn't want to move him then.

    The reports leave the San Francisco 49ers out of the fray, where head coach Jim Harbaugh has been busy luring Alex Smith back to the Bay Area.

    Still one veteran Philadelphia reporter believes if the 49ers ended up with Kolb -- which he says would take a first round pick -- he would lead the team to an NFC West title.