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Report: Cardinals will retain Kolb next year


The Cardinals could get out of the rest of Kevin Kolb’s contract without incurring too much damage if they wanted to.

They don’t want to.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals plan to pay Kolb’s $7 million roster bonus and retain him for the 2012 season. The bonus was only guaranteed for injury, not skill.

Despite Kolb’s struggles, this news is no surprise. It’s a bigger surprise that we’re even having this discussion. It’s an equally big surprise Kolb looked no better than John Skelton during the 2011 season, creating a legitimate quarterback debate in the desert.

The Cardinals would have looked foolish to cut Kolb so quickly. They gave up a second-round pick and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to acquire Kolb.

Somers points out that Kolb could essentially be year-to-year in Arizona. His base salary jumps to $9 million in 2013. The team will have “only” paid Kolb $20 million of his “$63 million” contract if they cut him after next season.

It makes sense to keep Kolb for another year, if only because the Cardinals don’t have great other options. Skelton hasn’t proven he’s a franchise quarterback either.

Kolb needs to raise his level of play next year, however, or it wouldn’t make sense to keep him again for 2013.

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37 Responses to “Report: Cardinals will retain Kolb next year”
  1. tatum064 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:30 AM

    Is it me, or were they too impatient with the deal to get Kolb? Its looking like a QB controversy will be developing if Kolb doesn’t light it up next year…

  2. fittytuckin says: Dec 28, 2011 11:34 AM

    Some guys are just career backups. I never understood why they gave him that big contract.

  3. DubZ480 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:34 AM

    It would be prudent to give him a full off season to assimilation into the offense. I think they need to sign insurance, as Skelton is a but up and down.

  4. snowpea84 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:36 AM

    Give him an offseason. This is not the year to go judging any new acquisitions.

  5. 4t9er says: Dec 28, 2011 11:36 AM

    Good for them 🙂

  6. vegaskid21 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:37 AM

    9 Million to hold a clipboard. Sign me up!

  7. trbowman says: Dec 28, 2011 11:38 AM

    Kolb is in for a big year next season.

    You’ll want to jump on this small bandwagon now so you can say I told you so next year.

  8. adm350 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:40 AM

    Cut him. We will gladly bring him back to back up Vick for another year. He’s a quality BACK UP. Then we will have gotten DRC and a 2nd round pick for nothing. Thanks Az.

  9. klownboy says: Dec 28, 2011 11:42 AM

    Why would the Cards cut him? Haven’t they invested all that money and draft picks in him?

  10. beastup22 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:44 AM

    Bad move they should just cut bait already. Kolbs sucks another product of Andy Reid and morningwig. Kolb can’t even get throwing to Fitz right. Soon they will be ripping of some other team for Kafka.

  11. jdandcoke says: Dec 28, 2011 11:44 AM

    at least DRC is lousy in philly. hopefully reid screws up the second round pick and this disgusting trade turns out to be a wash.

  12. dwoofer says: Dec 28, 2011 11:46 AM

    If Arizona can fire all their offensive linemen except the center, and find some decent O-linemen, Kolb could have a good year next time. If not, he better get good medical insurance.

  13. tatatoothy says: Dec 28, 2011 11:46 AM

    I wish I could suck at what I do for a living for $9 million/year

  14. mancave001 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:46 AM

    Kolb is better than people think. He needs consistent playing time and an actual team around him other than LF.

    –An Eagles fan.

  15. Nevis says: Dec 28, 2011 11:48 AM



  16. mpw2133 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:53 AM

    Of course Kevin Kolb is coming back next year, The Cardinals paid a Kings Ransom to get him this offseason. The Cardinals front office staff are a bunch of idiots. Can anyone say Scott Mitchell . There is no way I would have made that trade this year. This offseason would have been the year to make a QB move. Kyle Orton is a free agent and he has proven alot more than Kolb, also with the Saints not locking up Brees you could make a run at him. Then there is the big elephant in the room Peyton Manning. Sign Manning to a 3yr deal draft a rookie Qb as a replacement and be good going foward. But the Cards F’d up again. thats why they are who we thought they were. Its called IRONY

  17. stampede101 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:56 AM

    San Francisco supports this decision.

  18. noeffinway says: Dec 28, 2011 12:06 PM

    in another year or so you will be writing this same article about Matt Flynn. Another over-hyped backup QB that has proven nothing. I hear the boys on sirius radio bragging him up everyday…..what a joke!

  19. paleandpasty says: Dec 28, 2011 12:07 PM

    Reminds me of Scott Mitchell and the Lions. A back-up plays good in a couple games, goes to a new team with a huge contract and then doesn’t do much. Except I think Mitchell was a free-agent no trade required.

  20. regelswritings says: Dec 28, 2011 12:13 PM

    Scott Mitchell, AJ Feeley and Jay Fiedler are all laughing right now

  21. themackstrong says: Dec 28, 2011 12:18 PM

    Seattle supports this decision.

  22. bigredjbird says: Dec 28, 2011 12:24 PM

    Larry Fitzgerald was ready to walk, we needed a young, franchise QB. We brought in Kolb, and resigned Fitz for 8 years. With Beanie Wells, a healthy Ryan Williams and our receiving corp, even average play from Kolb will be better than A Smith or T Jackson.

  23. renorocker says: Dec 28, 2011 12:41 PM

    He is who we thought he is

  24. cardiovascularendurance says: Dec 28, 2011 12:43 PM

    jdandcoke- DRC lousy? Obviously you haven’t watched any Eagles games. The dude has been solid, especially last week with the extra playing time while Asante was out. He’s also put in way more plays on the field than Kolb, so stop trying to make yourself feel better about the trade. Cards got robbed.

  25. bigjdve says: Dec 28, 2011 12:44 PM

    Kolb has all the hallmarks of being a potentially good QB. However he hasn’t had the time to learn the offense without being on his back.

    I honestly believe that there are certain positions (QB) that require time to grab onto their system. We shouldn’t be too hasty with him. However if he doesn’t do better next year, let him go.

  26. themackstrong says: Dec 28, 2011 12:48 PM

    Kolb is average he is better than T Jack and Smith but Jackson was never the Seahawks long term solution Kolb kinda is with that contract. We just didn’t reach in a year that 8-9 QB needy teams reached and ended up with the same record as AZ.

  27. NakedCowboy! says: Dec 28, 2011 12:54 PM

    I wouldn’t be too harsh on arizona… he did look like a really good player in his limited time as starter in philly… he was easily (seemed like at that time) the best QB available in off season…

    but in sports like in life… things don’t always go as planned… like cam newton was a sure bust… what matters is how you deal it…

    they should cut their losses!

  28. vdogg says: Dec 28, 2011 1:07 PM

    Andy Reid has a knack for fleecing people when trading his QBs….Kolb will never be anything more than a backup. Where did the groundswell come from in the first place? It’s the same thing that happened with Orton….just because the backup comes in and does his job and the team wins a few games doesn’t mean the guy should start. It means he’s a backup for a reason….

  29. pitchblack816 says: Dec 28, 2011 1:18 PM

    did’nt Reid say the same thing last year?

  30. maddenwizkid says: Dec 28, 2011 1:47 PM

    Kevin kolbs real last name is bosworth

  31. P_Willy says: Dec 28, 2011 2:47 PM

    Larry Fitzgerald was ready to walk, we needed a young, franchise QB. We brought in Kolb, and resigned Fitz for 8 years. With Beanie Wells, a healthy Ryan Williams and our receiving corp, even average play from Kolb will be better than A Smith or T Jackson.

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves buddy. He’s not better than smith or jackon – and those qb’s are essentially in the same position given the lockout and learning a new playbook. Smith and Jackson have also had protection issues this season and despite the hurdles – Smith and Jackson have made some good progress.

    This post is about Kolb – no sense to compare him to teams with equal or much greater success than your Cardinals for 2011.

  32. kevpft says: Dec 28, 2011 3:11 PM

    Smart move by the Cards. No way to really benefit themselves by dropping him now – they already swung for the bleachers once, and we’ve seen that they need help elsewhere, not just at QB. They realize that they can be competitive in the division, and for a wild card spot, with a bit of shoring up.

    Better to go with a guy they know has some talent, give him a chance to learn, and clean up the other areas that need it. That way, if things with Kolb don’t end up working out, they’ll be in a better position to be successful with the next guy.

  33. edavidberg says: Dec 28, 2011 3:11 PM

    You gotta pay the man the $7 million to see if he improves but I’ll be surprised if this guy amounts to anything. He has an inaccurate arm, poor pocket awareness, and an inability to read defenses. Shelton has shown more ability than Kolb has.

  34. rabidmike says: Dec 28, 2011 3:41 PM

    LMAO, Alex Smith isn’t coming back for $7 million and TJack with get screwed again when Seattle picks up an FA or a QB in the draft. Part of the reason for keeping Kolb is to keep him away from Seattle or SF.


  35. malcolmsbeard says: Dec 28, 2011 7:05 PM

    Can we all just stop talking about how the Cards got fleeced in this deal? DRC didn’t help the Dream Team even make the playoffs and no one knows who the 2nd-round pick will even be. Kolb had zero off-season to learn a new offense that’s not really suited to his skills, and he has exactly one guy to throw to and no one who knows how to block. Judge the deal in a couple of years.

  36. bigredjbird says: Dec 28, 2011 7:59 PM

    @ p willy I’d be willing to bet that Kolb will be better than smith and t jack next year! As for the lockout- the o coordinator for the Seahawks, he was just hired from Minnesota- where t jack played. So don’t tell me he had to learn a new offense. A Smith, you know what his average yards per pass is? 7. Besides A smith and t jack will be lucky to even be starters next year.

  37. chazatlas says: Dec 30, 2011 2:28 AM

    And some Panther fans wanted to trade for “Clipboard” Kolb while he was in Philly instead of drafting the “Next JaMarcus Russell” and “Guaranteed Bust” Cam Newton. Spiteful, hateful morons.

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