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Eagles getting trade offers for Mike Kafka, too

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CINCINNATI - AUGUST 20: Mike Kafka #3 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on August 20, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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A league source tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Eagles have received trade offers for third-string quarterback Mike Kafka. Kafka was a fourth-round pick in last year’s draft.

A motive for this information to be made public is unclear. The team is known to be shopping No. 2 quarterback Kevin Kolb, who as player with plenty of value around the league the Eagles will struggle to justify keeping because he’s in a contract year. And he’s not going to be a 2011 starter. And Philadelphia will be able to secure, at the very least, a high future draft pick for Kolb.

They’d get much less for Kafka. The Eagles may envision the Northwestern graduate as a potential long-term backup with spot-starting capability, but Kafka hasn’t played an NFL snap. Last preseason, Kafka completed just 42.4 percent of his 59 pass attempts with three interceptions and one touchdown. His value is no higher now than it was during the 2010 draft, when Kafka was picked with the 122nd overall selection.

Clearly, plenty of teams weren’t in love with him.

And there’s no reason to think they suddenly are now.

We suppose it can’t hurt for the Eagles to leak this information in hopes of trading Kafka at a future date. Or maybe they’re trying to sell Kafka to Philly fans who are worried the team will be in a much worse spot if it deals Kolb, and relies on only the unproven Kafka behind starter Michael Vick.

Vick has started 16 games just once in his eight-year career.