Is Kevin Kolb on 49ers' radar?

The 49ers need a quarterback, which is why coach Jim Harbaugh is making the rounds at various pro days. But Eagles coach Andy Reid says he'll listen to offers for Kevin Kolb, so it makes sense that the Niners would consider acquiring Kolb through trade.

While Jim Harbaugh makes his rounds checking out quarterbacks on the pro-day circuit before the NFL draft, you've got to figure the San Francisco 49ers coach was intrigued by the news about Kevin Kolb.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, in an interview that appeared on the team's web site and reported by the Philadelphia Daily News, said he might be willing to trade quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Kolb has said he wants to be traded rather than sit behind Michael Vick, who will earn more than $16 million next season as the Eagles' franchise player. Kolb is due to make less than $2 million.

"People have shown a little interest (in Kolb), and as this thing picks up, I'm sure it will continue,'' Reid said. "Listen, we'll sit back and we'll evaluate.''

Would the 49ers be one of those teams to show an interest? We can only guess. They need a quarterback, and while Harbaugh may have seen something he likes in the college quarterbacks he's observed so far, Kolb is a veteran who plays in a West Coast offense. No, he doesn't have a lot of starts under his belt (just seven in four seasons), but he played well until getting hurt and losing his job to Vick last season.

But just in case a team feels it can grab Kolb for a cheap draft pick, Reid added, "He's ours. Everything else from there is easy. It's kind of like what I said last year. If people are interested, they'll come to you. But on the other hand, do we love Kevin Kolb? Are you kidding me?

"I mean, this guy is a helluva football player. You look at his numbers and the things he did when he had the opportunity to start, and you start six or seven games and you're the NFC offensive player of the week twice, and all the 300-yard games he put together and the way he commands the offense and all these things, you're not in a big hurry to get rid of Kevin Kolb.''

In other words, while QBs like Blaine Gabbert of Missouri, Andy Dalton of TCU and Christian Ponder of Florida State can be had for a draft pick, it could cost more to get Kolb. How much? Only Reid knows for sure.


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