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Eagles talk up “aggressive market” for Kolb; open to dealing him after draft

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PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 30: Quarterback Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass as head coach Andy Reid looks on during mini camp practice on April 30, 2010 at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

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The Eagles have made it clear over the last few days they are ready to trade Kevin Kolb. A prolonged work stoppage won’t necessarily change that plan.

Eagles coach Andy Reid indicated at the owners meetings on Tuesday that he wouldn’t rule out trading Kevin Kolb after the draft. The Eagles wouldn’t be able to get a 2011 draft pick in that scenario, but they may not have a choice if the league isn’t open for business again before late April.

Eagles president Joe Banner echoed the sentiments to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He said the Eagles could look for a package including a player and future picks if a Kolb deal was made after the draft.

Banner added that there was a more “aggressive market” for Kolb this year than the one for Donovan McNabb last year. (And if you don’t think there is still chatter going on during a lockout, well, you’re crazy.)

Banner indicated that the teams interested are the same “teams people are guessing [they might be].”

There is reportedly a first-round pick already on the table for Kolb. We’ve been guessing Seattle at the front of the line. The Browns are possible. Other NFC West teams could be interested, but it’s unlikely the Cardinals or 49ers would offer this year’s first-round pick.

At this point, it would be a major upset if Kolb wound up back in Philly.