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Kevin Kolb: "I Want To Be Starting Next Year"

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"I want to be starting somewhere next year. I really want to be," Kolb says. "I'm in my fifth year now, so it's time to prove myself as a starter."   (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
"I want to be starting somewhere next year. I really want to be," Kolb says. "I'm in my fifth year now, so it's time to prove myself as a starter." (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kevin Kolb has made no secret of his desire to start somewhere next season, whether it's with the Eagles or elsewhere. And the good news is that he appears to be a desirable commodity around the NFL. There's been multiple reports of teams having interesting in him and the Eagles appear willing to deal... But the bad news is, whether he wants to move, the team wants to move him or another team wants him, he's not going anywhere. As long as the NFL labor dispute drags on, player movement is not allowed.

In any other year, there's very little doubt that Kolb would be in his final week or two as an Eagle, if he hadn't been traded already. Speaking to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kolb said that thinks it's time for him to get a shot to start.

"I want to be starting somewhere next year. I really want to be," Kolb says. "I'm in my fifth year now, so it's time to prove myself as a starter. Andy and I have a great relationship. It's always, 'You tell your side, and I'll tell mine, and hopefully we can make this thing work.' That's usually what happens. I know he'll do the right thing here."

But as the labor dispute drags on, the chances of him starting somewhere next year grow smaller. The Eagles desire to trade him will no doubt lessen when this year's draft passes and the best they can get for him is 2012 draft picks. As for other teams, their interest in paying a big price to make him their starting QB next season is going to wane as each day of valuable playbook study, offense install and potential practice is wasted away as the NFL and NFLPA squabble in court. With this possibility in mind, Kolb says he's prepared to come back to the Eagles as a backup if that's what has to happen.

"I'll go to work as a backup if that happens," Kolb concedes. "That'll be my job. That's a possibility. I hope it doesn't happen."