The plan for the 2010 season in Philadelphia was for Kevin Kolb to finally take the reins from Donovan McNabb after the Eagles franchise leader in most quarterback categories was traded to the Washington Redskins. Kolb had been an understudy for McNabb since 2007, earning just a few spot starts while McNabb recovered from injuries. When he finally got his chance in 2010, Kolb suffered a concussion in Week 1 against the Packers. Michael Vick took over in the game and never let go of the starting quarterback spot after that, even though he battled injuries as well.
Other teams in the league still saw potential in Kolb once he was fully healed, and the Eagles dangled his name out during trade calls. Three days after the lockout ended, Kolb was shipped to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Former Eagles President Joe Banner went on Twitter yesterday and saw a discussion about Kolb. He decided to jump into the conversation and let everyone know that the trade didn't initially involve DRC. Instead of getting that cornerback, the Eagles would have gotten a 1st-round pick in 2011, which they would have used to select Patrick Peterson.
Taking the whole situation into perspective, the Eagles would have gotten a top-five pick for Kevin Kolb. At that point Kolb had only shown a few flashes of potential in the 19 games he appeared in in Philadelphia. That is insane. On top of that, the Eagles would have had one of the top cornerbacks in football for the past eight seasons. Fans wouldn't have had to suffer watching Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams, Byron Maxwell, or Leodis McKelvin turn into toast.
At the end of the day the Eagles still clearly won that trade. Kolb only appeared in 15 games in Arizona, while Rodgers-Cromartie appeared in 29 with the Eagles. On top of that, the Eagles traded the second-round pick they received to move back nine spots in the second-round and add a fourth-round pick in the process. Those two picks ended up being Vinny Curry and Brandon Boykin. Both players played roles in the Eagles winning the NFC East in 2013, while Curry was a depth player on the Eagles 2017 Super Bowl-winning team.
If you're bitter about finding out that Patrick Peterson should have been an Eagle, you can boo Roger Goodell even more when you see him on you TV.