The Prophecy Comes True: Kolb to Arizona for Rodgers-Cromartie, Pick

The Prophecy Comes True: Kolb to Arizona for Rodgers-Cromartie, Pick

And it's over. After three years of living in Donovan McNabb's shadow, one off-season of being billed as the quarterback of the future, thirty actual minutes as the Eagles' starting signal caller, and many months of speculation about his future, the Kevin Kolb saga has ended in Philadelphia. The Birds predictably traded their top pick in the 2007 Draft to the Arizona Cardinals, where we hope he will not have a long and illustrious career of knocking his old team out of the playoffs.

In return for a franchise quarterback, the front office not only filled their most glaring need at cornerback by acquiring Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, they also scooped the Cards for a second round pick. All things considered, this seems like a pretty fair deal for a player who has started seven career games in four NFL seasons.

Even though it had been reported a bunch, particularly over the last week or so, it's still something of a surprise the Eagles wound up with Rodgers-Cromartie. Player-for-player trades are a relatively rare proposition for the NFL, often just wishful thinking during barstool conversations.

For that matter, the fact that the Cardinals were willing to part with DRC—a 25-year-old former first round pick with a Pro Bowl selection to his name—might set off some red flags. Sure, they used this year's first on Patrick Peterson, but now they are thin again at cornerback. The word is Rodgers-Cromartie did not have a very good 2010, so there may be some issues with consistency there.

Still, there is no denying the kid has all the talent in the world. In three seasons, DRC has already compiled 13 interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. He also forced three fumbles during his all star '09 campaign, which is a decent total for a guy with a reputation as a poor tackler. Listed at 6'2", 182, he also has the size and ability to fill the need for a press corner opposite Asante Samuel.

As for Kolb, who was only a second rounder himself, he should step right in as Arizona's starter, and will be an immediate upgrade over Derek Anderson, Max Hall, and John Skelton. With Larry Fitzgerald on the outside, Kolb will be paired with one of the game's truly elite receivers, so the Cardinals should see some improvement right away, particularly in the weak NFC West.

While some will suggest it was a mistake to trade him, primarily over concerns about Mike Vick's durability, the situation sort of dictated the Eagles do this. Unless a long-term extension is reached with Vick before September 20, both quarterbacks would have become free agents in 2012, which means one of them would have been able to walk away without the team receiving anything as compensation.

Adam Caplan reports the Cardinals agreed to a five-year contract valued at a whopping $63 million, with $20 mil guaranteed.

We'll have more on this trade in the coming days, but now that the deal is finally done, how do you feel? It was nice to kill two birds with one stone, but would you have been happier with signing a different corner and getting more/better picks? Would you have preferred they held on to Kolb and got nothing at all one year from now? Or would you say, for once, this deal is jussst right?

Best of NBA: Curry, Warriors demolish Cavaliers, 126-91, at home

Best of NBA: Curry, Warriors demolish Cavaliers, 126-91, at home

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors certainly looked ready to trade some more blows with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come June.

The two-time reigning MVP hit five 3-pointers and had 20 points while matching his season best with 11 assists in Golden State's 126-91 rout of the defending champs Monday.

Klay Thompson scored 26 points with five 3s, and Curry made four steals. Draymond Green produced his third triple-double of the season with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists while matching his career best with five blocks -- and had another dustup with King James in the process.

James had 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting and eight rebounds, and he and Green became the talk once more as their relationship turned even more testy.

Kevin Durant added 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks for the Warriors in a much-hyped matchup merely weeks after Golden State lost 109-108 in Cleveland on Christmas (see full recap).

Thomas explodes for 17 in fourth quarter to lift Celtics over Hornets
BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas scored 17 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, and the surging Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 108-98 on Monday night for their ninth victory in 11games.

It was Thomas' 25th straight game with 20 or more points. He's been putting up big final quarters of late -- scoring 20 or more three times this season. No other NBA player had done it more than once entering Monday.

Al Horford had 22 points, while Kelly Olynyk and Jae Crowder added 15 apiece for Boston, which has won all three meetings with Charlotte this season.

Kemba Walker scored 24 points and Marvin Williams 21 for the Hornets, who lost their fifth straight -- all on the road.

Thomas scored 13 straight points, pushing Boston ahead 93-83 with his 3-pointer from the left wing with 7 minutes left.

Boston led 80-71 entering the final period (see full recap).

Wizards remain hot with win over Trail Blazers
WASHINGTON  -- Bradley Beal scored 25 points and John Wall had 24 as the Washington Wizards took a page from the Portland Trail Blazers' playbook by hitting 13 3-pointers in a comfortable 120-101 victory on Monday afternoon.

The Wizards, who rely less on the 3-pointer than almost any NBA team, were 13 of 23 from beyond the arc in their 12th consecutive home victory. The 3-pointer-heavy Trail Blazers shot 8 of 26 on 3-point attempts.

After Washington coach Scott Brooks called Portland guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum as good as any backcourt in the league, Beal and John Wall outplayed them. Lillard led the Blazers with 22 points and McCollum had 12, but they combined to shoot 11 of 29 from the floor.

The Wizards have won four of their last five games (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Penguins halt Capitals 9-game streak with wild 8-7 OT win

Best of NHL: Penguins halt Capitals 9-game streak with wild 8-7 OT win

PITTSBURGH -- Conor Sheary scored 34 seconds into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended the Washington Capitals' nine-game winning streak with a wild 8-7 victory Monday night that included nine second-period goals.

Sheary had two goals and an assist for the Penguins, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Evgeni Malkin picked up his 11th career hat trick during a frenetic second period, and Sidney Crosby collected his NHL-leading 27th goal to go with two assists. Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored for Pittsburgh, and Matt Murray got the win despite allowing seven goals on 28 shots.

The Penguins trailed 3-0 before scoring six goals in less than 11 minutes in the second period, more goals than the Capitals had allowed in a game all season. Pittsburgh led 6-5 after 40 minutes.

Lars Eller scored twice for Washington, and T.J. Oshie, Brett Connolly, Nicklas Backstrom, Justin Williams and Andre Burakovsky also found the net. Philipp Grubauer made eight saves after coming on in relief of Braden Holtby, who was pulled during Pittsburgh's second-period deluge (see full recap).

Eichel scores twice to give Sabres' 4-1 win over Stars
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jack Eichel scored two goals and the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Monday.

Tyler Ennis scored 19 seconds into the first period. Ennis returned after missing 30 games with a groin injury that required surgery.

Jake McCabe also had a goal and Robin Lehner made 31 saves after missing the past three games with an illness.

The Sabres snapped a two-game losing streak and beat the Stars for the first time in four matchups.

Radek Faksa scored for the Stars in the opener of a three-game road trip. Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots. Dallas has lost two in a row and six of eight (see full recap).

Bishop anchors Lightning to 2-1 win over Kings
LOS ANGELES -- Brian Boyle scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning opened a six-game road trip with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

Ben Bishop made an early mistake that led to Kyle Clifford's goal for the Kings, but bounced back to make 31 saves in his second start back from a three-week absence with a lower-body injury.

Tyler Johnson scored in the first period for the Lightning, who won for just the second time in seven games.

Peter Budaj stopped 27 shots for the Kings.

Both teams played without stars due to illness. Kings captain Anze Kopitar missed his first game since Nov. 20, and All-Star defenseman Victor Hedman missed his first game of the season for Tampa Bay (see full recap).