Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kolb to Arizona finally done

Kevin Kolb
Our long national nightmare is over.

ESPN's John Clayton is reporting that the long rumored Kevin Kolb trade with Arizona is done. The Eagles received a starting cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and a No. 2 pick.

The Cardinals have reportedly reached an agreement on a contract extension with Kolb that will pay him $63 million, including $20 million in guaranteed money.

In related news the FBI is currently trying to pick up Andy Reid, Joe Banner and Howie Roseman for felony theft.

A first round draft pick (16th overall) of Arizona in 2008, Rodgers-Cromartie (6-2, 182) has recorded 16 interceptions (13 regular season, three playoffs) in 54 career games (49 starts) since entering the league. That total ranks him fourth among all NFL cornerbacks during that span behind new teammate Asante Samuel (22) and the Packers’ Tramon Williams (18) and Charles Woodson (18). In addition, his four interception return touchdowns since 2008 ranks tied for second among all NFL CBs behind Woodson (6).

Rodgers-Cromartie started in all 16 games in 2010, posting 44 tackles, three interceptions and a career-high two INTs returned for touchdowns. He garnered Pro Bowl honors following the 2009 season after posting 51 tackles, a career-high six interceptions, three forced fumbles and 33 passes defensed. In 2008, he earned All-Rookie honors from the Sporting News and the PFWA after tying for the NFL lead among rookies with four INTs. That included a 99-yard return for a touchdown vs. StL (12/7/08), which tied a Cardinals record for the longest in franchise history. A versatile player, he has also blocked two kicks in his career, both of which led directly to points for the Cardinals.

A two-time All-American and a three-time All-Ohio Valley first-team selection at Tennessee State, Rodgers-Cromartie appeared in 44 games (39 starts) in his collegiate career, recording 11 interceptions and four touchdown returns. He also starred on the track field as he earned the Top Male Athlete award at the Indoor Track Championship in 2007, winning the 60-meter dash, long jump and high jump events.

The 25-year-old is a native of Bradenton, FL, and attended Lakewood Ranch High School, where he was an all-area, all-class 5A, and all-district defensive back and wide receiver.

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