The Seattle Seahawks and their NFC West rivals the Arizona Cardinals were both in need of a franchise quarterback, putting both near the top of the rumor mill in the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes. The Cardinal's today closed the deal, obtaining Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and a 2012 second round draft pick. And the Seahawks? They ended up with... Tarvaris Jackson. Really?

There are some observers who think the Cardinals got fleeced, giving up way too much for the not quite proven Kolb, but if Kolb proves anywhere near as good as the Eagles expected him to be when they made him their quarterback of the future last year before Michael Vick did his Jesus thing, then this'll be a trade that works out well for both teams. Think of the not quite so heralded Hasselbeck coming from the Packers; that's the sorta upside many see in Kolb.

As for the Seahawks, they didn't give up anything in signing Jackson, but it's hard to see his upside except maybe as a low-cost stopgap until next year's draft when they hope to have a shot at a quality quarterback. But if that's their strategy, it pretty much means the Seahawks are in rebuilding mode, so fans shouldn't expect much beyond mediocrity for the next two or three seasons.