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Titans want to trade Young; Kolb also on market

Posted by: under Quarterbacks, Vikings, NFC Updated: January 30, 2011 - 3:30 PM

The uncertainty that surrounds the Vikings when it comes to the quarterback position means that just about every player who might be available at that spot gets mentioned in connection with Minnesota.

Tennessee's Vince Young and Philadelphia's Kevin Kolb have been two of the most frequent names to come up. Young because the Titans had said they planned to release him and also because the Vikings hired Young's former position coach, Craig Johnson, to work with their quarterbacks. Kolb because the Eagles now have Michael Vick as their starter.

There were reports about each QB today.

When it comes to Young, it appears the Titans stance has changed a bit now that Jeff Fisher is out as head coach. The team still plans to try jettison Young, but instead of releasing him they want to trade him. ESPN reported the story this morning adding in the fact "Young is due a $4.25 million roster bonus 10 days after the start of the league year, whenever there's a new collective bargaining agreement. It originally had been thought Young was due the bonus March 10."

The issue is that with no CBA in place and with the threat of a lockout starting in early March it's unclear when that 10-day clock will begin. Young's base salary for 2011 is scheduled to be $8.5 million. The Titans could have released Young on Feb. 7.

The issue becomes what would a team -- any team -- be willing to give up in a trade and would they be willing to take on Young's contract? Certainly, the contract would have to be restructured. The fact the Titans would have to pay Young a significant bonus and already have made it clear they want him off their roster means Tennessee isn't going to be dealing from a position of power.

As for Kolb, ESPN went with the information the Philadelphia Daily News had a few weeks back: The Eagles are definitely planning on putting the franchise tag on Vick. That means they will be willing to listen to offers for Kolb. Kolb is due $1.4 million in 2011 and certainly it would take far more to obtain him than it would to get Young. The issue, again, is the CBA and when it will be resolved. Kolb could not be traded during a lockout.

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