It's Cold Outside, but Eagles Huddle Is Heating Up: Kolb & McNabb Rumors Flying

It's Cold Outside, but Eagles Huddle Is Heating Up: Kolb & McNabb Rumors Flying

We're having a few technical difficulties today. This post comes from Kulp despite the name at the bottom.

Two very interesting reports on the quarterback situation came out
today, one of which may be tipping the front office's hand. First,
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio says the Eagles are telling teams inquiring
about both McNabb or Kolb that neither are in fact available. It's a
nice story, but as PFT's take already declared, nobody is buying it.
Especially if GCobb's source is accurate. His site
reported this morning the Eagles have approached Kolb's agent about a
contract extension
, which the team will not confirm or deny. This is
getting juicy.
Kevin Kolb signing a contract only makes sense if
the Eagles intend to make him the starter sooner rather than later.
He's made it very clear he wants to play and believes he is ready.
There is no way he would agree to terms unless the club gave him some
indication he was going to be the man.

No matter what the team is saying, if they go
through with an extension for Kolb, it's extremely difficult to believe
Donovan will be an Eagle this season. Why would he accept that? He
would be taking all the risk on the final year of his contract, knowing
the entire time he's not in their long term plans.

How would that even make sense from the team's
standpoint? If Kolb is their guy, why wait? I can't see the benefit to
an arrangement that has McNabb playing out the final year of his deal,
then walking away for nothing when they had every opportunity to trade
him for picks. If they believe in Kolb enough to extend him,
essentially choosing him, then they should be willing to show some
conviction and make the switch now.

Perhaps Cobb's source is jumping the gun on this
one. You could question the rationale behind negotiating a contract for
one guy before trading the other, making the case that revealing to the
rest of the league which one they're keeping reduces their leverage in
a trade.

If there is indeed a contract offer to one
quarterback, you can expect it to have major implications on the other.
When Kolb hears McNabb is re-upping, he'll opt to take his chances as a
free agent next year. If these reports are true though, we think you'll
be hearing about Donovan wanting out, and an organization happy to
grant him that request.

Basebrawl! Bryce Harper fights Giants' Hunter Strickland after HBP

Basebrawl! Bryce Harper fights Giants' Hunter Strickland after HBP

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland's 98 mph in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied. At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Str

NBA Finals: Warriors coach Steve Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

NBA Finals: Warriors coach Steve Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State's Steve Kerr expects to decide soon whether he will coach in the NBA Finals, saying Monday he's not yet ready but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1.

Kerr said: "As of right now I would not coach Thursday night. It's still up in the air." He said that by Game 1, he might make a decision on his status.

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year, still not feeling well after a May 5 procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak, addressed the media Monday when acting coach Mike Brown was out with the flu.

He joked: "I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy, the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies."

Brown has been coaching the team since Game 3 of the first round at Portland, with Kerr assisting at practice and from the locker room before and during games.