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Short-term deal for Kolb could be in the works

Earlier this evening, we explained that the 30 percent rule and the uncapped year prevent, as a practical matter, the Eagles from giving a long-term contract to new starting quarterback Kevin Kolb.

But that doesn’t preclude a short-term deal that would increase Kolb’s pay, via a signing bonus and the maximum increase of his base pay that the 30 percent rule will allow.

We’re hearing rumblings that, indeed, such a contract could be in the offing. Whether it covers only 2010 or also encompasses 2011 remains to be seen.

Either way, the Eagles apparently recognize that it’s fundamentally unfair to pay Kolb more than 95 percent less than Donovan McNabb was due to earn. Still, a long-term deal won’t be signed until 2011, at the earliest.